This 2016 grant requested by the Seattle Police Department SWAT Team purchased hearing protection and communication equipment.  The previous equipment protected officers against harmful noises but provided little benefit for situational awareness or radio communication.  Officers had to remove communications devices in order to fully protect against harmful noises, which also removed the ability to monitor ambient sound.

Newly purchased hearing protection allows officers to employ breaching, diversionary devices, and less lethal launchers without having to give up communications for hearing safety.  It also improves situational awareness while in aircraft, during waterborne operations, or during riots. 

These headsets provide SWAT officers with three capabilities simultaneously:

  • Hearing protection from damaging noise levels (gunfire, engines, breaching equipment, etc.)
  • The ability to covertly listen to radio communication
  • Amplified voice communications, providing improved situational awareness