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NCJ Number: 119709 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement Community Supports NIJ Body Armor Standard -- 0101.03
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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Grant Number: 85-IJ-CX-K040
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Law enforcement agencies have expressed concern regarding the recent issuance of the standard for body armor which may place police officers' lives needlessly at risk.
Abstract: Principal differences between the standard of the Personal Protective Armor Association (PPAA) and the standard of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) are the PPAA's attempts to lower the requirements -- by averaging blunt trauma measurements, lowering the threat from all ammunition by spreading the velocities, allowing lower velocity passes, using test ammunition that deforms more easily, making waterproofing optional, and prescribing labels that not only do not list the ballistic threats, but appear to place the liability for selection on the individual wearer or his or her department. This serves to modify or eliminate many of those requirements and test methods of the NIJ standard, thus placing police officers' lives in jeopardy.
Main Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment
Index Term(s): Bullet resistant barriers; Personal Security/Self Protection; Police safety
Note: National Institute of Justice Technology Assessment Program Bulletin
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