When the need arises during an investigation, the police may use both lethal and non-lethal police gear. It is common for police units to use batons in different parts of the world. A baton may be straight or winded, have a side-handle, be collapsible, have a fixed length, or contain an array of other designs.
Each of these batons has its advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, it is crucial that officers make good conclusions about them before settling on a design. In many countries all over the world, straight sticks are among the most common batons used by police. It is probably the oldest and simplest police baton design. This baton was previously made from hardwood. Straight sticks are, however, available in aluminum, acrylic, dense plastics, and rubber. It is difficult to specify a specific length for this baton, but it typically ranges from 30-centimeters-long (1 ft) to 90-centimetres-long (3 ft).
Most cops also use side-handles batons today. Often called T-batons, side-handle batons are batons with a short handle on one side. As long as the main baton is 61 cm (24 in) in length, the handle is generally about 150 mm (6 in). Tongfa, a kobud weapon of the Okinawans, is said to have inspired these side handles.
US police officers frequently utilize expandable batons as well. You can call it whatever you want – a collapsible baton, telescopic baton, tactical baton, spring cosh, ASP, or extendo – but this specialized weapon has gained more popularity over time. This baton is designed with a cylindrical outer shaft and telescoping inner shafts that lock into each other when expanded. Most batons have steel shafts, but for lighter batons, aluminum alloy has been used. This police gear can expand and retract as needed by the handler.
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