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NCJ Number: 250267 Find in a Library
Title: Personal Armor Fit Assessment
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 2016
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Measurement/Evaluation Device; Technical Assistance; Test/Measurement
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This online assessment of body armor fit guides individual police officers in completing the provided checklist, which identifies whether the officer’s armor fit hinders him/her in performing his/her duties with as much comfort as possible while wearing body armor.
Abstract: An introductory comment notes that although body armor is not necessarily comfortable, any identified problems noted in this guided assessment may be an indication that an officer’s armor has not been properly fitted and should be brought to the attention of his/her supervisor. This assessment is excerpted from ASTM E3003, Standard Practice for Body Armor Wearer Measurement and Fitting of Armor. Step-by-step instructions are provided for the fit assessment. The checklist instructs an officer in various testing procedures. The assessment queries officers on their experiences while wearing the armor in performing physical movements that may be required in the course of performing law enforcement duties. The following movements are included in the assessment: 1) preparation (donning the armor and other gear); 2) visual examination in a mirror or in front of another officer; 3) handgun shooting stance (if applicable); 4) shoulder weapon shooting stance (if applicable); 5) restraint operations; 6) sitting position; and 7) vehicle operation.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment; NIJ Resources; Self evaluation; Self instructional materials; Testing and measurement
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