I want to introduce a new member of the Loadout Room team – Michael Wratten. Michael brings a law enforcement background and also is the founder of Shellback Tactical.

Here’s Michael’s intro.


Through several conversations with Bill Janson, the Loadout Room topic came up and we started talking about Law Enforcement topics. Through those conversations Bill asked me if I would like to contribute some of my experience and knowledge to the Loadout Room from an LE perspective. I am honored to have been asked. I have not written articles before but through my law enforcement career and time spent within the Tactical Gear/ Defense industry, I feel that I can contribute and give a unique perspective here at the Loadout Room. I welcome any input or feedback on the articles I put out.

A little bit about me. I have been a Police Officer for over 16 years and am still an active police officer pushing a black and white in patrol.

I come from a law enforcement family and I am a second generation police officer.  My law enforcement experience has been with two agencies. I spent   6 ½ years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). During my time at the LAPD I had the opportunity to work several assignments:

  • N.E.T. Team Narcotics Enforcement Team
  • F.E.S. Field Enforcement Section( Narcotics-Plain Clothes/Under Cover Unit)
  • Juvenile Detectives Unit and
  • LAPD S.E.S. Gang Unit formerly known as C.R.A.S.H.

After lateralling from the LAPD in 2002 I went on to work for the West Covina Police Department where I still currently work patrol.

I have also been involved in the Tactical/Defense Industry for the last 10 years, and I am the President/Owner of Shellback Tactical Inc. I have had many experiences in Law Enforcement and within the gear industry and I hope to pass some of this insight and knowledge in my articles on the Loadout Room.

Thank You

Michael Wratten