That damn Second Chance bullet resistant girdle was a necessary evil and it tried to kill you every summer day over 90 degrees. We had the standard Sam Browne belt and navy blue doubleknit uniform with the creases sewn in. No cargo pants, no baseball cap. Damn sure no shorts or tennis shoes for summer. We had the New York City type cornered hat and it had better be on your head when you got out of the car.I don't have any suggestions to help you out...but I remember your pain.
When I was a
youngnew cop I carried so much s**t on my belt I needed a trailer hitch on the back to tow some of it around. Same went for my patrol rifle.
By the time I retired I was down to the bare minimums. Even my rifle was a pencil-barreled LE6520 with a GI-style sling and a small light. Duty belt had gun, 2 mags, radio, double cuff case and pepper spray (I used that s**t like it was free...oh, wait...it was!). I carried a smaller Streamlight in a sap pocket on my pants.
I see some of the loadouts guys carry these days and wonder how they get around. Just the stuff I carried with my body armor weighed a bit over 39 pounds. When you add the clothing and boots it's pretty close to 50 pounds I was carrying around for 10 or 12 hours a day. I'm glad I don't have to carry all that around any more.
C'mon man just admit it. You want a pocket protector.
Would something like this help...