Law Enforcement Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Law Enforcement Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Protective Clothing, Respiratory Protection, Hand Protection), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Aug, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-961-6
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 100

Report Overview

The global law enforcement personal protective equipment market size was valued at USD 2.55 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.0% from 2020 to 2027. The rise in asymmetric warfare in various countries, coupled with an increasing focus on ensuring police survivability, is expected to drive the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) over the forecast period. According to the Global Peace Index, civil unrest has doubled in the past decade due to the upcoming issues ranging from police brutality and economic hardship. Riots around the world increased by more than 280% in the last ten years and tensions worldwide are expected to increase further as the coronavirus pandemic will negatively impact civil rights and violence, conflict, and political stability.

The U.S. law enforcement PPE market size

A large number of law enforcement agencies, unions, and membership organizations have put their foot forward to serve and represent the specific needs of police amid COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. As a result, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has created a searchable database of COVID-19 resources, which will help to keep a track on the PPE stockpile, along with analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement.

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has resulted in augmenting the demand for PPE used by law enforcement agencies, including gloves, coveralls, gowns, surgical masks, respirator masks, face shields, and goggles. However, the limited supply of the aforementioned products has resulted in PPE shortages, thereby disrupting the supply chain. This, in turn, has resulted in creating opportunities for domestic companies to ramp up their manufacturing capacities.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PPE value chain includes the relaxation of controls by government agencies to ensure uninterrupted supply, increasing production capacities, and controlling the export of PPE. Furthermore, the pandemic's long-term impact involves strategic stockpiling of critical supplies, significant growth in the manufacturing capacities of various players, and an increase in the number of mergers & acquisitions and new entrants.

Factors such as the limited capacity expansion of PPE production, lack of raw material supply, labor shortage, and lockdowns have further increased the demand-supply gap of products, such as masks and respirators. Furthermore, shortages in the supply of essential PPE, such as face masks, have worsened due to export bans in countries, such as Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, Malaysia, and China.

Product Insights

Protective clothing led the law enforcement PPE market and accounted for a 49.9% share of the global revenue in 2019. Technological advancements, along with the introduction of innovative products, such as electrical component integration and use of sheer thickening fluids or magnetorheological fluids in body armor, are expected to surge demand for body armor. In addition, rising demand for nanocomposite fibers as they are 15 times stronger than steel and around 74% stronger than aramid fibers is expected to propel the product demand.

The rise in the number of victim officers killed with firearms or IED explosions in the past decade has created a surge in demand for combat helmets in recent years. Growing efforts made by governments across the globe to manufacture lightweight advanced combat helmets, along with increasing government subsidies and donations to help stabilize law enforcement positions, are expected to boost the demand for head protection gears over the coming years.

Global law enforcement protective clothing market share

The respiratory protection segment is projected to expand at a CAGR of 10.8% from 2020 to 2027 owing to the rising number of novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. and a shortage of N95 masks across the country. As a result, several manufacturers, including 3M and Honeywell International, Inc., are working closely with various government authorities to ramp up the production of these masks to tackle the situation pertaining to the scarcity of masks.

Companies such as Nike are engaged in manufacturing powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) and face shields to protect frontline workers from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, various universities and associations, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Surrey, Purdue University, and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India, are initiating PPE production.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market and accounted for 31.6% share of the global revenue in 2019. Current state and federal occupational health and safety protocols, coupled with an increase in educational campaigns regarding the donning and doffing of PPE in the U.S., are expected to boost the market growth. In addition, various campaigns and fundraisers to procure PPE for frontliners, such as #gotyoucovered and #GetUsPPE, are expected to fuel the regional market growth.

Mexico is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 8.4% from 2020 to 2027 owing to the declaration of health emergency by the government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is focused on providing a sufficient supply of PPE, medical equipment, and other related materials required for fighting coronavirus for frontline workers.

The restriction on the transport of goods and services and people's movement, along with containment measures, including factory shutdowns in China, has negatively impacted the rest of the world in terms of commodities and supply chains, which has created a shortage of non-woven fabrics used in manufacturing face masks and protective clothing.

Rising political instability in European countries, such as France and Germany, on account of the economic hardship and unemployment, is anticipated to increase general strikes and riots. According to the International Monetary Fund, the EU27 economy is anticipated to contract by 8.3% in 2020. This, in turn, is anticipated to worsen labor conditions, resulting in increasing civil unrest.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Strategies adopted by the companies include product portfolio expansion, product development, mergers & acquisitions, partnerships, and distribution network expansion. For instance, in October 2018, Ansell Healthcare Products, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Ansell Ltd., completed the acquisition of all assets of Digitcare Corporation, a U.S.-based glove supplier to specialty acute markets and the U.S. Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The demand for various PPE products has increased significantly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, several manufacturers have increased their production capacities to cater to the augmented demand for PPE. For instance, in March 2020, Honeywell International Inc. announced the expansion of its manufacturing capabilities in Phoenix to manufacture N95 face masks for supporting the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some of the prominent players in the law enforcement personal protective equipment market include:

  • The SAFARILAND Group

  • 3M

  • MSA Safety

  • Honeywell International Inc.

  • DuPont de Nemours Inc.

  • XION Protective Gear

  • ArmorSource LLC

  • Lakeland Industries, Inc.

  • Ansell Protective Solutions

  • Avon Rubber PLC


  • Point Blank Enterprises Inc.

Law Enforcement Personal Protective Equipment Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 3.02 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 5.09 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 9.0% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

The U.S.; Canada; Mexico; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; The U.K.; China; India; Japan; Australia; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

The SAFARILAND Group; 3M; MSA Safety; Honeywell International Inc.; DuPont de Nemours Inc.; XION Protective Gear; ArmorSource LLC; Lakeland Industries, Inc.; Ansell Protective Solutions; Avon Rubber PLC; COFRA SRL; Point Blank Enterprises Inc.; Armored Republic, LLC.; Ballistic Body Armour Pty; Craig International Ballistics Pty. Ltd.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global law enforcement personal protective equipment market report on the basis of product and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Protective Clothing

      • Hi-Vis Clothing

      • Protective Vests/Body Armors

      • Coveralls/Gowns

      • General Use (Tactical Clothing)

    • Respiratory Protection

      • Respirator Masks

      • Air Purifying Respirators

      • Others

    • Eye & Face Protection

    • Head Protection

    • Hand Protection

      • Disposable Gloves

      • Durable/Tactical Gloves

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • The U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Argentina

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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