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NCJ Number: 126641 Find in a Library
Title: Vested Interests: The Controversy Surrounding Soft Body Armor Standards
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:17  Issue:9  Dated:(October 1990)  Pages:24-27,66
Author(s): K W Strandberg
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The disagreement between the National Institute of Justice and PPAA, an industry group, regarding standards for soft body armor focused on two basic issues: the requirement by the NIJ for waterproofing and their refusal to allow the body armor to be smoothed between test rounds.
Abstract: Both sides have valid points, and the deteriorating feelings on both sides will hurt law enforcement in general and the wearing of body armor in particular. Supporters of the NIJ position argue that protection is more important than comfort and that the body-armor industry should not set its own standards. Some manufacturers of body armor agree. In contrast, some manufacturers argue that people are not shot with totally wet vests and that the NIJ standards are so stringent that only 15 percent of vest owners actually wear them. They also argue that the NIJ testing method is flawed and that the PPAA test represents an improvement. The Fraternal Order of Police urges a symposium to resolve the issue. If an agreement does not occur, law enforcement itself will have to develop standards or the government will be asked to intervene.
Main Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment
Index Term(s): Equipment evaluation; Specifications; Standards implementation
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