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NCJ Number: 251228 Find in a Library
Title: Protective Equipment for Civil Disturbance Units
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 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: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper outlines threats that may be faced by officers deployed in a civil disturbance unit (CDU), lists protective equipment needed, recommends British standards for CDU personal protective equipment (PPE), and reports on the status of U.S. efforts to develop such standards.
Abstract: A CDU is composed of law enforcement officers who are trained to respond to protests, demonstrations, and civil disturbances for the purpose of preventing violence, destruction of property, and unlawful interference with persons exercising their rights under law. Typical threats faced by a CDU in performing these tasks are impact weapons, Molotov cocktails, thrown or sprayed chemicals, projectiles, and firearms. Typical gear for a CDU officer includes flame-retardant coveralls/uniforms, protective footwear, protective and flame-retardant gloves, protective helmets, personal defense shields, blunt-trauma limb protectors, and blunt-trauma torso protectors. There are no existing U.S. standards for such equipment. The U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is in the process of forming a Special Technical Committee to develop standards for CDU personal protective equipment. In the meantime, NIJ has identified either British Standard 7971, Protective Clothing and Equipment for Use in Violent Situations and in Training or standards developed by the U.K. Home Office (HOSDB Blunt Trauma Protector Standards for UK Police, PSDB Protective Headwear Standard for UK Police, and HOSDB Flame Retardant Overalls Standard for UK Police).
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Civil disturbance units; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police safety; Protective equipment; Protective shields
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