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NCJ Number: 211853 Find in a Library
Title: Body Armor: Details Count
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2001
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 (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article briefly discusses the thoroughness and detail undertaken by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s testing program to ensure that the body armor used by public safety officers is at its intended level of protection in the field.
Abstract: When law enforcement personnel are in the field, they do not think about the “details” of their body armor; their only concern is the ability of the body armor to stop a body-piercing bullet. However, body armor testing technicians at the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s), National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)-National located in Maryland pay close attention to the “details” of ballistic body armor. This article briefly discusses how NLECTC-National has provided third-party oversight and management of NIJ’s body armor testing program since the mid-1980s. An average of 250 to 300 models of ballistic body armor are tested every year, with about 50 percent of everything tested failing. Since 1987, almost 3,000 armor models have undergone NIJ compliance testing. With more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, NIJ’s testing program can help them make informed decisions about body armor at no cost to them. In over 20 years of testing, NIJ approved armor has never failed to meet its intended level of protection in the field.
Main Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment
Index Term(s): Bullet resistant barriers; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Police safety; Protective equipment
Note: From TechBeat, Summer 2001; downloaded on October 25, 2005.
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