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Police Protective Gear 2019

Manufacturers are bringing to market a number of innovative armor products this year.

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Chicago Officer Shot in Chest, Saved by Body Armor

An officer with the Chicago Police Department was responding to a domestic incident involving a subject with an undisclosed mental illness when he was shot in the chest by a suspect who was holding his parents hostage at gunpoint.

Armor Express to Highlight Protective Solutions at SHOT Show

Armor Express will unveil its newest innovations in ballistic technology, carrier designs, hard armor applications, and accessory tools at the 2019 SHOT Show.

What You'd Change About Body Armor

In an informal and highly subjective poll, POLICE asked officers what's good and bad about ballistic vests and what needs improvement.

Non-profit Organization Donates Armor Packages to Alabama Agency

The Christian-based organization was moved by the lip-sync video released on social media last summer in which the department's chief of police was seen performing a Christian song.

Louisiana Officer Shot—Body Armor Sends Ricocheting Bullet Safely Away

Sheriff Jay Russell said that the bullet struck the deputy in his body armor, then ricocheted into the back seat of the squad car. He said that the deputy should be okay.

Denver Broncos Players Donate $200,000 to Buy Protective Gear for First Responders

The kits includes body armor, a helmet and a wound trauma kit, all of which is meant to better the first responders' standard issue gear. The point is to protect against rifle fire.

Chicago Officer Shot During Foot Pursuit—Body Armor Stops Bullet

A Chicago police officer was shot in the vest after a suspect opened fire during a foot pursuit following a traffic stop on Tuesday morning.

Echelon Materials Working on Ballistic Fabric to Defeat Rifle Rounds

The fabric called TiTek uses a defeat mechanism that is cutting-edge, according to Echelon. It’s a patented fabric that weaves tiny, sharp-edged titanium discs into the plane of the fabric using the very Kevlar threads that comprise the fabric. These discs present their sharp edges to the incoming round and cut it to shreds as it passes.

Point Blank Prevails in Lawsuit Over Vest Suspension System

The United States Federal Court in the southern district of Florida has denied a motion for class certification of a lawsuit that was filed against Point Blank Enterprises, Inc., and has dismissed the case. In the case, a few individual Ohio police officers and two law enforcement associations alleged that a nationwide class should be certified to pursue claims that Point Blank’s Self-Suspending Ballistic System for shoulder straps used on ballistic vests was defective.