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NCJ Number: 237973 Find in a Library
Title: Body Armor Video for Procurement
Author(s): National Institute of Justice; National Law Enforcement Technology Center
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: March 2012
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Document: Agency Summary|HTML|Video (00:11:08)
Agency Summary: 
Type: Instructional Material; Technical Assistance
Format: Document (Online); Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video and accompanying transcript provide agency purchasers of body armor with information needed to make the appropriate choice of the type of armor needed for various types of officer duties.
Abstract: The format for the video consists of narrator information interspersed with comments from officers experienced in body-armor purchasing. The narrator opens the video with this advice to purchasers of an agency’s body armor: “As the person responsible for purchasing body armor for your agency, it is up to you to make the choices that will impact the budget of your department and the safety of the officers serving within it.” He further notes that body armor types and manufacturers are many, and choosing the correct type of armor is critical to the agency. Also, choosing the right armor for the right job is crucial, since there is no totally bullet-proof armor, only levels of bullet resistance. The three classes of flexible body armor designed to protect against handgun threats are briefly described, along with the two classes of armor for tactical operations that face rifle threats. The narrator further advises that once an agency’s needs are determined, the reviewing of specific products begins. A listing of armor models that have been tested through the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Compliance Testing Program is available as grant funding for agencies that need to purchase body armor through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bulletproof Vest Partnership.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment; Equipment evaluation; Procurement procedures; Specifications
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