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NCJ Number: 211851 Find in a Library
Title: Body Armor on Board
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 96-MU-MU-K011
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: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses the role of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) in the selecting and testing of body armor and the purchasing of new and recycling of old body armor.
Abstract: The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), located in Rockville, MD operates the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice’s ballistic and stab resistant body armor testing and compliance program. This paper discusses the NLECTC’s role in assisting the police department of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in selecting body armor. The paper details the overall role of the NLECTC’s oversight and management of NIJ’s body armor testing program. To have its body armor tested, a manufacturer must contract with an NIJ-sponsored independent testing laboratory and send six armor samples to NLECTC about 2 weeks prior to the scheduled test date. No matter where the armor comes from, it goes through the same rigorous process, receives the same careful attention, and meets the same required standards. The paper concludes with how law enforcement agencies can receive help in purchasing ballistic-resistant armor, through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Act of 1998 and the attempt, through NLECTC to recycle old vests for research purposes.
Main Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment
Index Term(s): Evaluation measures; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Police equipment; Police standards; Protective equipment; Specifications; Testing and measurement; Uniform clothing
Note: From TechBeat, Summer 2001; downloaded on October 25, 2005.
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