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NCJ Number: 250922 Find in a Library
Title: Fit-Related Requirement To Receive Bulletproof Vest Partnership Funds Takes Effect
Author(s): Becky Lewis
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: May 2017
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance); Standard
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the implications of a recent amendment to the legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, which requires that all agencies applying for BVP funding offer their officers the opportunity to receive vests that “are uniquely fitted” to the wearer.
Abstract: This amendment. which went into effect at the beginning of 2017, requires that each officer who will wear a funded vest must be individually measured for a precise fit prior to ordering the vest. This is intended to ensure that a funded vest provides a unique fit, so that the vest will protect the areas of the particular officer’s chest and back the vest is intended to cover. JUSTNET, the website of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, describes how to take an individual’s measurements for vests worn in normal duty and those worn for special tactical duty. The measurements take into account differing physical features of male and female officers that will have implications for the fit of a vest. The intent of the measurements is that the fit of the vest will protect the torso and vital organs while allowing the wearer the full range of motion required for an officer’s duties. An annotated listing is provided of other resources that can assist agencies and officers in determining whether vests fit the unique measurements of the wearer.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment; Funding sources; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police safety; Standards; Standards implementation; Testing and measurement
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