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NCJ Number: 251269 Find in a Library
Title: Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor: A Guide to Fit, Wear & Care
Date Published: October 2017
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2014-IJ-CX-K404
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: HTML|Video (YouTube)
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance); Technical Assistance
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This 11-minute audiovisual explains and demonstrates the proper ways for police officers to select, fit, and care for their body armor.
Abstract: When selecting the features of one’s body armor, the choice should be based on the types of ballistic threats an officer is most likely to face in her/his particular duties. At the very least, the vest should protect an officer from the caliber of her/his own duty weapon in case it is seized and turned on the officer. To ensure that a vest provides the desired protection, it should comply with the standards set by the National Institute of Justice based on its testing of the particular type of vest selected. The fit of the vest is also important, since a number of officers have been injured or killed from shots that entered areas of the torso not covered by the vest due to improper fit. The video explains and visually shows how to measure whether or not a vest properly fits a particular officer’s torso. The proper care of the vest is important because deterioration of a vest’s properties puts the wearer at greater risk. The care and storage of the vest is described and explained in the video.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment; Equipment evaluation; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police policies and procedures; Police safety; Police safety techniques; Police standards
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