Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

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Bicycle Helmets for Police Officers

Summary: Police officers need helmets that identify them and give maximum protection. They need good ventilation too.

Many police departments have bike patrols, and of course they need helmets. Any good helmet will do, preferably in white or a visible color. Those with police graphics are usually white, with a very large POLICE lettered on them. That perhaps gives them a little more authority.

There are several manufacturers who have, or did, make special edition helmets with police logos. Many have been discontinued. The country of manufacture seldom has anything to do with the quality or protection of a helmet. We mention it because police procurement sometimes has constraints.

For further info on police bike gear of all kinds, we would refer you to the International Police Mountain Bike Association. The organization was founded by officers who ride bike patrol and have a lot of experience in the field.

To check for updates to this info, go to our Helmets for the Current Year page, and do a search for police.

We have a page on police enforcement of safety regulations.