London: In what could be called as the
bionic-arm of the law, British police have unveiled a new
metal detecting glove that can identify knives and other small
weapons hidden under clothing.
The 100-pound electronic glove, which fits inside the
palm of the hand, vibrates silently when it passes over
anything containing the tiniest trace of metal.
After successful trials in different parts of the
country, officers from Leicestershire Police are the first in
the UK to be given access to the gizmo full-time, the Daily
The detector, which measures 2.5in by 3in, is kept inside
a leather mitt which officers wear on one of their hands.
According to the report, the unique glove will be
available with every policemen in Britain within the next few
Officers say the devices are speeding up the process of
searching suspects in the street and helping them detect
hidden weapons, drugs and needles.
Sgt Jim Hatton, of Leicester`s city centre team, said:
"It`s a very simple device but it`s a very useful piece of
kit. It`s quick and it highlights if someone is carrying
something we need to know about.
"It also tells us quickly if there is a potential danger,
like someone carrying a knife or a syringe.
"We have to be at close quarters because it takes
readings from about an inch away."
Once the device is triggered the officer knows to conduct
a more thorough search without alerting the suspect.
So far the gloves have been used by officers to catch a
drug dealer hiding a stash of cannabis wrapped in foil and a
bicycle thief who was hiding a pair of bolt croppers under his
The city`s violence and disorder team, whose duties
include policing bars and clubs, are also using the device as
well as an airport-style walk-through detector and small
Superintendent Phil Whiteley added: "This an exciting
initiative which will allow our officers to carry out more
effective searches. Thankfully, the carrying of knives here is
"Operations such as this aim to make sure that this
remains the case."
First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 19:22