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More officers may choose to leave their vests in their lockers on hot days or just choose not to buy them.
For now, the question that some industry experts are raising about this new NIJ standard - at least off the record - is one of necessity: Was it really necessary to change the standard?
Once a curious novelty, today body armor is one of those things that a lot of officers take for granted. It's something that few officers give a second thought. But there's a lot that the average officer should know about his or her concealed "life preserver."
You don't need to have majored in biology to know that men and women are not created equal-in measurements, that is. That's why female officers need ballistic vests made especially for their unique shapes. And now that women make up a more significant amount of the market share in law enforcement, body armor companies are taking notice.
Safariland announced today that it has released two more body armor models that satisfy the requirements of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) new Voluntary Body Armor Compliance Testing Program under NIJ Standard-0101.06 (NIJ-06).
Safariland’s XT-700 Type II (#BA-2000S-FC01) and XT-300 Type IIIA
(#BA-3A00S-BR01) models have been determined by the NIJ to comply with
the new NIJ-06 standard. Both models are part of Safariland’s XT‑Series
of concealable body armor, and are now available for immediate
purchase. As of this date, these are the only Threat Level II and
Threat Level IIIA vests that have been authorized by NIJ under the new