5 Best Multi-Tools for Police Officers

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Every day, our brave police officers are on the frontlines, always protecting our beloved communities. Potentially facing life-and-death challenges each day means constantly prepared to jump into any kind of action…no matter what.

This makes owning durable and easy-to-use EDC multi-tools an essential part of a cop’s daily gear. Fantastic as a gift, or for yourself, we’ve only chosen some of the strongest, highest-quality multi-tools with incredible ease-of-use and ergonomics, all made right here in the U.S.A.

When working overtime to make our neighborhoods a safer place, nothing matters more than having a reliable, versatile tool to make your tough job just a little bit easier. Here are our five favorite multi-tools currently on the market that are perfect for helping police officers protect themselves and others while patrolling our streets.

Updated for 2020!

Multi-Tools for Police Officers

Leatherman Skeletool

leatherman skeletool exploded view

This is the epitome of an EDC tool that will get the job done right, with an added bonus of serious style. You’ll be amazed that you can pack such effective, powerful tools into one product. It’s also easily wearable thanks to the handy belt clip. At just 5 ounces, you’ll barely even notice any extra weight when this compact workhorse is snapped on.

Though all of its features are impressive, the 420HC stainless steel knife is easily the standout. With outstanding durability, count on it for everything from slicing up apples and cutting through branches, to getting out of seriously precarious situations.

In addition to the knife, the Skeletool boasts many other essential tools including:

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Carabiner/Bottle opener
  • Large bit driver
  • #1 Phillips bit
  • #2 Phillips bit
  • Square drive bit #1
  • Square drive bit #1

It also works exceptionally for one-handed use. Usually coming in at under $60, and with Leatherman’s 25-year warranty, you’ll be getting a great tool at a great price that you’ll be showing off to other police officers for years to come.

LEATHERMAN, Skeletool Lightweight Multitool with Combo Knife and Bottle Opener, Stainless Steel
2,182 Reviews
LEATHERMAN, Skeletool Lightweight Multitool with Combo Knife and Bottle Opener, Stainless Steel
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED: A compact 5-ounce multitool with a combo knife, bit driver, pliers and more; Light enough to use as your everyday carry, strong enough to tackle tough jobs
  • 7 TOOLS IN 1: Includes a knife, pliers, a large exchangeable bit driver, wire-cutters and a carabiner/bottle opener; Includes an extra bit stored right in the handle
  • OUR GUARANTEE: We’re proud to stand behind every product that leaves our factory in Portland, Oregon; That’s why we offer our 25-year warranty, so you can be confident your Leatherman lasts a lifetime

Leatherman Surge

leatherman surge exploded view

If you’re looking for the big daddy of multi-tools, look no further than the Leatherman Surge. Boasting a total of 21 awesome tools in a 12.5-ounce package, you can trust this powerhouse to take on the most rigorous of jobs.

Don’t expect mini versions of your favorite tools here. The Surge provides the biggest and largest tools Leatherman has to offer in their repertoire. In addition, it allows for the easy exchange of blades providing easy customizability and upgrades.

So what is this impressive list of tools that come with the Leatherman Surge?

  • Needlenose and regular pliers
  • Premium replaceable wire cutters and hard-wire cutters
  • Stranded-wire cutters
  • Electrical crimper
  • Wire stripper
  • Regular knife and serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Spring-action scissors
  • Awl w/thread loop
  • Ruler (8 inches)
  • Can and bottle opener
  • Wood/metal file
  • Diamond-coated file
  • Blade exchanger
  • Large bit driver
  • Large and small screwdriver
  • Phillips #1–2 & 3/16” screwdriver

Talk about a full toolbox that can fit right on your belt!

Each feature also employs the highest quality of functionality. The scissors will easily cut metal and the wire cutters will slice through barbed wire like butter. Both the regular knife and the serrated knife is also made of 420HC stainless steel.

This may not be the lightest or cheapest of the bunch, with a price of between $100-$120, but if you’re looking for one mean EDC tool that will reliably and effectively get nearly any job done fast, this is the one.

LEATHERMAN, Surge Heavy Duty Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Black with Premium Nylon Sheath (FFP)
788 Reviews
LEATHERMAN, Surge Heavy Duty Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters and Spring-Action Scissors, Black with Premium Nylon Sheath (FFP)
  • A MULTITOOL POWERHOUSE: The Surge is one of our largest multitools for heavy-duty use, built with our largest pliers, longest multitool blades and easy-to-use locks
  • 21 TOOLS IN 1 HAND: Features a unique blade exchanger, replaceable premium wire cutters and four outside-opening blades give you quick access to any of its 21 premium tools
  • OUR GUARANTEE: We’re proud to stand behind every product that leaves our factory in Portland, Oregon; That’s why we offer our 25-year warranty, so you can be confident your Leatherman lasts a lifetime

SOG PowerLock EOD Heavy Duty

It may not look like much at first glance, but damn does it pack a serious punch, literally.

A staple in countless law enforcement officers tool belts, this multi tool guy is designed for law enforcement in mind. The SOG PowerLock EOD will be a perfect complement to any cop’s current EDC setup both on-duty and off, while adding very little additional weight.

Made entirely from 420 Stainless steel, count on this versatile tool to do more than just fix the countless issues police officers face every day; it also provides an added level support in the form of EOD tools such as a wire crimper, cutter and more.

SOG Multitool - PowerLock EOD Heavy Duty Multitool
320 Reviews
SOG Multitool - PowerLock EOD Heavy Duty Multitool
  • 18 STURDY STEEL TOOLS FOR MEN: Sleek, military black multitool set includes tactical multi tool pliers, multitool screwdriver, knife, and wire crimper; this large stainless steel tool is Explosive Ordnance Disposal-ready; model number: B63N-CP
  • POWERFUL MULTITOOL PLIERS TECH: Handy electrician multitool tackles demanding tasks with multitool pliers, wire stripper and wire crimper tool field-ready capabilities; patented Compound Leverage makes cutting and tightening twice as easy
  • BALLISTIC NYLON MULTITOOL SHEATH: MOLLE multitool with sheath clips securely onto a belt or pack; pliers, screwdriver, can opener and wire strippers are close at hand when using the easy-carry nylon sheath

Leatherman Squirt PS4

leatherman squirt ps4

We’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the most badass of names. However, this lightweight little tool packs in a ton of features, and a little less bulk can mean everything when it comes to saving lives and getting the job done.

Weighing in at only 2 ounces and just 2 ¼ inches when closed, this is a seriously handy mini-tool that will become the newest tiny sidekick you’ve been looking for. All of its nine features are also extremely useful for survival and emergency situations. No toothpicks here!

Instead, what you do get are:

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • 420HC stainless steel knife
  • Scissors
  • Flat and Phillips screwdriver
  • Bottle opener
  • Wood/Metal file
  • Medium screwdriver

And with a name like Leatherman, you know the quality with be incredibly top-notch with its notable 25-year warranty.

At between $30-$40, it’s also incredibly affordable, especially when you consider all the features you get, and the extra weight you don’t. It also comes in a variety of colors, because who says cops can’t have some style?

LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
2,008 Reviews
LEATHERMAN, Squirt PS4 Keychain Multitool with Spring-Action Scissors and Aluminum Handles, Built in the USA, Black
  • READY FOR ANYTHING: The Squirt PS4 will make you wonder how you ever managed without it. This lightweight mini-tool comes in handy for everything from snipping fishing line to wrapping a birthday gift on the go.
  • FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: The Squirt PS4 is equipped with 9 tools, including a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, scissors, a bottle opener, and a file.
  • LET'S BE PRACTICAL: Sometimes you only have one hand to spare. The Squirt PS4 only requires one hand to open and use all the tools.

Gerber Suspension

gerber suspension multitool review

This gorgeous butterfly-opening multi-tool is perfect if you’re seeking a lot of bang for your buck. Usually coming in at under $40, this lightweight classic feels great in your hands, is ridiculously simple to use, and comes with 12 functions including:

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Regular and serrated edge knife
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Crosspoint screwdriver
  • Small and medium flat drivers
  • Can and bottle openers
  • Lanyard hole

That’s a lot of potential action for a tool weighing only 9oz and measuring 6 inches long. With a ballistic nylon sheath included for extra protection and a 25-year warranty, the Gerber Suspension might be your new favorite partner when fighting crime.

Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool with Pocket Clip [30-001364]
725 Reviews
Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool with Pocket Clip [30-001364]
  • While still up to the challenge of the professional tradesman, the slimmer design and focused tool pack are ideal for EDC user
  • Successful features of the Suspension remain: all outboard tools, all locking tools, and spring-loaded jaws
  • New features to the Suspension-NXT include: wire stripper, medium flathead driver, awl, file, and ruler

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Zach Belmont has been working in the outdoor apparel industry in one form or another for over 20 years. During his career, he has worked at some of the most well-known adventure brands including Patagonia and The North Face in marketing, operations and product development. Zach currently lives in Wyoming with his wife and 2 kids.

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