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NCJ Number: 251223 Find in a Library
Title: Clarifying Threat Levels, Refining Ammunition Types, Adding Female Armor Testing: NIJ Revising Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor Standard
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: August 2017
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance); Standard; Test/Measurement
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes features of the National Institute of Justice‘s (NIJ’s) draft standard (0101.07) that will revise the existing standard (0101.06) for ballistic-resistant body armor.
Abstract: Scheduled for release later in 2017, the draft standard’s revisions will consist mainly of clarifications, many of which will impact only test labs and the Compliance Testing Program. Changes that impact law enforcement agencies and officers in the field are mainly in the areas of protection levels, types of ammunition used in testing, vocabulary refinements, and the testing of armor for females. The draft standard specifies a test protocol specific to female armor wearers that was developed over the past several years through several focus groups of female officers, resulting in input for devising new and appropriate test methods for armor tailored to female wearers. The draft standard also introduces into hard armor plate testing the use of 7.62 x 39 mild steel core (MSC) and high performance 5.56 mm ammunition or equivalent threat rounds. In addition, the draft standard revisits protection-level names of both hard armor plates and soft armor vests, so as to ensure clarity in nomenclature that instantly identifies the type of protection provided. In order to reduce confusion caused by the use of the same terms to mean different things or using different terms to describe the same thing, the draft standard introduces a truncated section of definitions and references the newly released ASTM E3005-15 Standard Terminology for Body Armor. The draft standard can be accessed online at JUSTNET, the website of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Ammunition; Body armor/Personal protective equipment; Gender issues; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; Police standards; Standards; Testing and measurement
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