CO19 (SO19) - Equipment
CO19 make use of some highly specialised bits of kit.
Kit and Clothing
CO19 officers have access to standard policing kit incluindg handcuffs, mace/pepper spray and batons. Specialist Firearms Officer (SFO) units source much of their assault equipment from the same manufacturers as the SAS do, making a fully kitted-up SFO policeman look almost identical to an SAS CT trooper. Typical clothing/kit include:
- dark blue Nomex fire-resistant overalls
- ceramic / kevlar body armour
- assault vest with stun grenades, tear gas cannisters and magazine pouches
- S/SF-10 respirator
- C100 ceramic helmet.
BMW Area Car (5 Series)
The Met operates several Jankel armoured Guardian TIV (Tactical Intervention Vehicles), large 4x4s which feature bullet-proof windscreens & blast-proof flooring. Up to 8 CO19 SFO operators can be accomodated inside each vehicle.
more info on the Jankel TIV
(Official Jankel website)
CO19 SFOs will make use of unmarked cars as and when required by a particular operation.