The riot control business is booming, and American police forces are increasing their purchase of such gear each year, according to market analysts at Sandler Research.
Demand for riot control systems and gear in the United States and Canada is forecast to grow at a rate of 4 percent a year through 2020, Sandler Research says.
“In North America, the prominent markets are Canada and the US and the law enforcement agencies in these nations are best equipped with the upgraded weapons,” a Sandler Research press release states. “The militarization of the police department and other law enforcement agencies in the Americas has encouraged the use of advanced riot control equipment.”
A major driver of the demand for new riot equipment is the fear of disturbances like those in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. Another is the fear of violence surrounding events like the presidential election.