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NCJ Number: 77845 Find in a Library
Title: Body Armor Study
Corporate Author: Illinois Dept of Law Enforcement
Bureau of Planning and Development
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: Illinois Dept of Law Enforcement
Springfield, IL 62706
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the results of a survey of 1,886 law enforcement officers concerning their use and preference for types of body armor. The survey found an overwhelming (87 percent) preference for the soft, undergarment type of body armor, but a clear lack of desire (75 percent) for a policy which mandates the wearing of such armor.
Abstract: The survey aimed to ascertain officer preference, effectiveness, availability, and cost of body armor. Also examined are police fatality statistics indicating the need for body armor and a summary of testing conducted on five types of body armor. Recommendations are: to not publicize the purchase of body armor for police officers; to purchase the soft type of body armor for all department officers and provide for periodic testing of all types of soft body armor manufactured; to purchase of a sufficient number of hard body armor for use in specific situations; and to establish a policy encouraging but not mandating the use of body armor. Charts, tables, 12 footnotes, and a bibliography of 10 entries are provided. The survey questionnaire and tables of body armor test results are appended.
Index Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment; Police attitudes; Police equipment; Surveys
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