I totally agree with you to be honest.
As a Customs/immigration officer were trained to use asp/rigid cuffs, however all were given is a stab vest thats kept in a van and a set of foldable cuffs which are hidden inside a punch. Personally I would like to see us wearing stab vests with rigid cuffs and asps on display as a deterrent.
We often have the situation arise where we seize tobacco/vehicles and have the passengers kick off. I personally think it would be a deterrent having PPE on display, but it seems ot be a case of when we get injured thihgs will change.
We've got a nice new uniform arriving courtesy of CC Brian Moore, hopefully he will sort out the rest.
UKBA issues dual purpose ( green square ) body armour. That with all of the kit an enforcement IO has attached equals about 14 - 16 lbs depending on the size of vest. Trust me mate you port guys do not want to be wearing that for an entire shift.