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Police Product Test: Velocity Systems Boss Rugby Long Sleeve Shirt
Police Product Test: Bullet Blocker Gabriel Ballistic Base Layer
Special Ballistic Protection

Special Ballistic Protection

Be it in the form of a vest, helmet, blanket, or even a detachable car-door shield, these products are designed to protect law enforcement officers from gunfire.

May 5, 2016

Police Product Test: Angel Armor Truth Series Trauma Plate
TacVent: Cooling System

TacVent: Cooling System

Jeff Shelton says throughout much of his law enforcement career he wouldn't wear body armor for the same reason that many officers refuse to wear their vests, heat and discomfort.

November 17, 2015

Wearing Armor

Wearing Armor

Next to training and modern medicine, the single most important factor in the increased survivability of today's police officer is this modern version of the chainmail worn into combat for centuries by warriors. Back then no clear-thinking fighter would have been caught dead without his mail under his tunic, so what is our excuse?

June 25, 2015

Body Armor Comfort and Protection

Body Armor Comfort and Protection

By using a wide variety of new ballistic materials and through proprietary design technologies, the makers of soft body armor are starting to produce some innovative vests that meet the NIJ .06 standard, provide excellent threat protection, and give wearers improved comfort.

September 4, 2014

Police Product Test: Point Blank Alpha Elite Vest

Police Product Test: Point Blank Alpha Elite Vest

The Alpha Elite is soft, concealable body armor, available in NIJ Level II or IIIA for both male and female cuts and is NIJ 0101.06 compliant. Basically the same stuff we all wear on duty right now. Now let's talk about what sets it apart from technology of the past.

May 8, 2014

Concealable Body Armor Gets More Comfortable

Concealable Body Armor Gets More Comfortable

Since the NIJ-6 standard was issued, both law enforcement uniform and body armor manufacturers have been looking for new methods of making ballistic-resistant soft body armor that meets the dictates of the standard, but is also thinner, lighter, and more thermally bearable.

July 19, 2013

KDH's Transformer Body Armor

KDH's Transformer Body Armor

While most concealable body armor consists of ballistic panels contained in a cloth carrier that is strapped to the wearer's torso, KDH's Transformer uses a unique harness system that directly supports the armor and holds it next to the body.

April 3, 2013

Understanding Armor Plates

Understanding Armor Plates

Soft body armor ballistic vest packages are rated levels 1 through 4 by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) based on how much protection from ballistic rounds they are rated to provide. Similarly, armor plates are available in two different types or classes tested and recognized by the NIJ: type 3 and type 4.

January 25, 2013

Body Armor: Protecting Those Who Serve

Body Armor: Protecting Those Who Serve

To date, only 60% of agencies require officers to don body armor on duty. In an effort to increase those numbers and ultimately save lives, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership, which reimburses up to 50% of a vest's purchase price, now requires agencies receiving funds to have a written mandatory wear policy for uniformed patrol officers.

July 17, 2012

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

The rash of police murders and assaults this year is small compared to the body count inflicted on cops during the late 1960s and early 1970s. That era's law enforcement blood bath led to the adoption of better police tactics, more comprehensive police training, and the adoption of ballistic armor as standard police equipment.

August 12, 2011

Vests Past Their Prime

Vests Past Their Prime

When your body armor warranty expires and you receive a new vest, what do you do with the old one? From recycling to repurposing, there are multiple options depending on your agency's policies and resources.

July 20, 2010

Fighting the Wrong Battle

More officers may choose to leave their vests in their lockers on hot days or just choose not to buy them.

November 30, 2009

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