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Four side-on crash tests have been run, aiming at studying the crash safety of the combination of personal by worn police equipment and side-on crash protection in modern cars. The four tests involved a policeman (dummy) with and without personal equipment in a driving position in a vehicle with and without side-on crash protection.

Very short, it can be said that the performed tests do not show any conflict between side-on crash protection in cars and the equipment worn on the uniform, but the fact that some police equipment is stiff, hard and angular increases the injury risk, however, not quantified in these tests.

From a more strict crash safety perspective, most of the tested police-related equipment such as truncheon, weapon and radio are stiff and voluminous. Regardless of the viewpoint of operational police work or durability, the backsides of the weapon and truncheon holsters etc. could be much smoother and more energy absorbing, resulting in a far lesser injury risk in the event of a traffic accident.

In a closing discussion of this document there are some suggestions for measures, together with a loose discussion about injury risk. Some of the points are: - Information. - Placement of equipment. - Possible future adjustments of the uniform in respect of incorporated crash protection over the hip.- Possible future adjustments of car seats and/or car door interior panels.

Fractures to the hip area seem to be the injury with the closest connection between police equipment and side-on collisions.

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