At SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas, DSM and Point Blank Enterprises will celebrate the success of Point Blank's Alpha Elite ballistics vests by recognizing seven law enforcement officers saved during 2017 line-of-duty shootings when their Alpha Elite vests stopped the threats faced.
During the ceremony, scheduled for Tues., Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Point Blank booth (#11366), the seven remarkable officers will speak briefly about their experiences. Several officers shall be joined by their spouse and/or family members who share in their celebration of the lifesaving event made possible by Alpha Elite body armor.
"Wearing a vest for an officer is just as important as an officer walking out of the house with their gun," stated Amanda Brown, spouse of Luke Brown from Cloverdale Police Department in Putnam County, Indiana. "Strapping on their vest significantly increases the odds that the officer will go home at the end of their shift. As both a spouse and as an officer myself, I know how important it is to have not just a good vest, but a great vest. If Luke wouldn't have been wearing his vest when he took a 12-gauge to the chest, I wouldn't have my husband. Point Blank saved my husband. The statistics speak for themselves, but personally there is no other option than Point Blank."
In the United States, the Point Blank Alpha Elite protective vest made with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology is the material of choice for protective solutions by numerous law enforcement departments nationwide including: the New York City Police Department (NYPD), San Antonio Police, Miami-Dade Police, Los Angeles Police, Orlando Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and numerous key federal law enforcement agencies. Born from DSM science, initially Point Blank developed a ballistic solution to meet the requirements of the elite forces of the U.S. Special Operations Command which resulted in today's Alpha Elite. Since the introduction of Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology, Point Blank body armor has been credited with saving 78 officers during line-of-duty shootings.
"Alpha Elite is the result of a collaborative effort, with DSM developing a revolutionary material in Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology and Point Blank introducing a game changing ballistic solution to law enforcement and the military. Combining that leap forward in material with our experience with and knowledge of the law enforcement community created a once-in-a-generation product the market has quickly embraced," says Daniel Gaston, CEO, Point Blank Enterprises. "Today more than 250,000 U.S. officers are protected with these systems, and we aim to serve even more officers and agencies with the ultimate in lightweight protection in the years to come."
Since the material's launch in 2013, Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology has been adopted rapidly in armor applications due to its light weight and high ballistic performance, according to the company. This technology platform enables protective solutions such as vests, shields, insert plates, and helmets designed to provide the ultimate in comfort, performance, and reduced weight.
"Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology has ushered in an era of Next Generation Armor Technology, with what Point Blank has achieved for the industry with Alpha Elite among the clearest examples of what is possible," says Marcio Manique, Global Business Director, Life Protection, DSM Dyneema. "The platform is the result of years of DSM research and development to bring forth materials innovation specifically suited for enhanced armor designs. This focus on materials science innovation continues, and we look forward to bringing newer, lighter, better performing materials to the market and collaborating with leading armor manufacturers such as Point Blank to deliver new systems that better protect those who protect all of our families and communities."
For more information about Point Blank, visit www.pointblankenterprises.com.
For more information about DSM Dyneema, visit www.dsm.com.