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Body Armor Protection Levels: What Do They Mean? Which One is Right for You?

What do the various levels of body armor protection mean? How do you choose which one is best for you?

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NIJ Certification: What Does It Mean?

There is a lot of confusion these days surrounding body armor – mostly about what it can and cannot do. What rounds will certain levels stop? Should you get soft armor? Hard armor? Steel plate? Ceramic? Concealed? Outer tactical carrier? Part of the confusion stems from three initials: NIJ. How important are those initials when it comes to ballistic protection? The lives of your officers may depend on them.

Phoenix Police Used New Ballistics Technology to ID Serial Murder Suspect

Since mid-2017, the Phoenix police department has been using high-powered in-house technology to compare bullet casings from multiple crime scenes. Investigators previously had to run the technology outside of the department, which could tack weeks onto an investigation.

Video: AZ Suspect Linked to 9 Murders in 3 Weeks, Police Say

After he was arrested, police kept "digging," Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said today, and discovered seven other fatal shootings in the area they say are connected to Cooksey.

IACP 2017: Best of Show

Here's a look at the products that caught our eye at this year's International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) show held at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Convention Center.

BallisticSearch

Now, any size agency can process ballistic evidence from crime scenes to develop investigative leads, fast.

Vigilant Solutions Introduces Ballistics Analysis Tool

BallisticSearch includes portable image capture hardware, cartridge case capture software and ballistics comparison technology. The solution enables agencies to quickly compare evidence from crime scenes to help generate more investigative leads, and potentially identify more suspects and the firearms they use.

'B'-KIT Door & Window Insert Armor Package

This custom-designed armor kit covers the window and existing police car door.

Maryland Scraps Costly Firearm "Ballistic Fingerprinting" Program

Since 2000, the state required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold there and send the spent bullet casing to authorities. The idea was to build a database of "ballistic fingerprints" to help solve future crimes.

FBI Going Back to 9mm Ammunition

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is returning to the ammunition caliber it labeled ineffective and blamed for the deaths of two of its agents during a 1986 shootout in Miami — the 9mm jacketed hollow-point luger.