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NCJ Number: 228121 Find in a Library
Title: Protecting Law Enforcement from Today's Hazards
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 2005-MU-CX-K077
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: Guideline
Format: News/Media
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reports on the rationale for the National Institute of Justice‘s (NIJ’s) development of a new standard specifically for a chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRN) ensemble for law enforcement personnel, as well as the method used to develop the standard and the protection levels it provides.
Abstract: The standard was developed because law enforcement personnel are trained to respond to CBRN incidents and environments, and they cannot always adapt fire department and hazmat personal protective equipment (PPE) for the various law-enforcement functions performed in a CBRN context. The NIJ CBRN Protective Ensemble Standard for Law Enforcement was the first NIJ standard to be developed by using a special technical committee composed of law enforcement practitioners, subject-matter experts, and scientists. The panel worked for more than a year to develop the standard and companion documents. The standard contains minimum performance requirements for protective ensembles and test methods used to verify the performance. The standard covers the ensemble as well as the ensemble elements such as gloves and foot protection. The standard defines four Law Enforcement Response Levels, which are levels of ensemble protection based on mission requirements, expected mission duration, durability, and CBRN threat environments. Level 1 is for the highest level threat, and level 4 is for the least threatening. This paper provides examples of mission scenarios for each of the four levels.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Hazardous substances or materials; NIJ grant-related documents; Police safety; Police standards; Protective equipment
Note: Reprinted from the Summer 2009 edition of TechBeat; downloaded August 24, 2009.
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