Met Police Riot Helmet
MLA, the primary supplier of riot helmets to the Met police, asked us to design a next generation helmet that would be safer, and allow for easier communication between officers and the public.
We began with in depth research into the world of an officer, observing riot training first hand. An iterative process of industrial design ideation, testing and refinement then required multiple rounds of sketching and modelmaking. We involved key stakeholders throughout the creative process.
A next generation helmet that includes the best of modern technology, advanced impact resistant materials and the latest research in group psychology to create a product ready for the future.
MLA’s next generation riot helmet is a huge leap forwards in integrated technology, empowering officers to be more effective on the street. The helmet integrates a digital communication system, with radio links between teams and back to the central command.
A key part of the design revolved around our in depth research into how groups respond to uniformed officers, when they are wearing different forms of protection. It was found that groups are less aggressive towards officers who are perceived to be less physically protected – a finding that the Met already capitalise on in their existing tactics.
It was important for us to integrate this knowledge into the helmet, through industrial design. In order to achieve this, we engineered a novel new mechanism that allow the officer to completely remove the visor, opening up the face and making the helmet look and feel more like a ‘hat’.
This mechanism then makes it very easy to snap the visor securely back into place should the situation require additional protection.
Product details are currently confidential while the product is developed further.