Special Feature: Law Enforcement Resources - Equipment and Technology

Publications and Multimedia

Body Armor/Personal Protective Equipment

Body Armor is Key to Officer Safety blog graphic
Office of Justice Programs, May 2018
Body Armor Selection, Care, and Maintenance
National Institute of Justice, April 2018
Frequently Asked Questions for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program Mandatory Wear Requirement
Bureau of Justice Assistance, April 2018
Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor: A Guide to Fit, Wear & Care video graphic
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2017
Protective Equipment for Civil Disturbance Units
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2017
Clarifying Threat Levels, Refining Ammunition Types, Adding Female Armor Testing: NIJ Revising Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor Standard
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2017
Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2017
Body Armor Safety & Program Refinements from NIJ.
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2017
Follow-up Inspection and Testing Program Helps Stop Potential Armor Issues
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2016
Personal Armor Fit Assessment
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2016
Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard (NIJ Standard-0117.01)
National Institute of Justice, April 2016
NIJ Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard Fact Sheet
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2014
The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Initiative
Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2014
Ballistic Body Armor: A Closer Look at the Follow-Up Inspection and Testing Program
National Institute of Justice, February 2013
A Practitioner's Guide to the 2011 National Body Armor Survey of Law Enforcement Officers
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, November 2012
NIJ Body Armor Video for Purchasers video message
National Institute of Justice, March 2012
NIJ Body Armor Video – Wear Your Armor! video message
National Institute of Justice, March 2012
Public Safety Bomb Suit Certification Program Requirements (NIJ CR-0117.00)
National Institute of Justice, March 2012
Law Enforcement CBRN Protective Ensemble Certification Program Requirements (NIJ CR-0116.00)
National Institute of Justice, October 2011
Behind the Badge: Management Guidelines for Impacts to Body Armor
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2011
CBRN Protective Ensemble Standard for Law Enforcement (NIJ Standard - 0116.00)
National Institute of Justice, November 2010

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Body-Worn Cameras

The Las Vegas Body-Worn Camera Experiment: Research Summary
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, November 2017
The Benefits of Body-Worn Cameras: New Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2017
Body-Worn Camera Publications Provide Overview of Expanding Market
National Institute of Justice, June 2017
Looking at the Impact on Policing of Body Worn Cameras video message
National Institute of Justice, January 2017
Market Survey on Body Worn Camera Technologies
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2016
Primer on Body Worn Camera Technologies
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2016
Body-Worn Camera Program Update: Fiscal Year 2016
Bureau of Justice Assistance, October 2016
Office of Justice Programs Comprehensive Body-Worn Camera Program
Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2015
Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Assessment Report
Department of Homeland Security-Sponsored, April 2015
Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing the Evidence
Office of Justice Programs-Sponsored & Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, August 2014
Body-Worn Cameras for Criminal Justice: Market Survey Version 1.0
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2014
Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services-Sponsored, 2014
Future of Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2013
Primer on Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2012

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Communication Issues and Tools

Mobile Broadband Data Access Has Positive Impact on Police Operations
National Institute of Justice, September 2017
Social Media and Police Leadership: Lessons From Boston
National Institute of Justice, April 2014
Semi-Automated 3D Geo-Coding of Large Urban Structures for Deployment of Effective Emergency Response and Communication
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2013
Strategic Solutions to Transform Our Nation's Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, November 2012
The National Broadband (Communications) Plan: Issues for Public Safety (Panel Discussion at the 2011 NIJ Conference) recording
National Institute of Justice, June 2011
Smart Radio for Police
National Institute of Justice, May 2009
Over-the-Air (OTA) Communications Improvements for Police Departments
National Institute of Justice, January 2009
Improving Police Communications Across State and County Lines: The Piedmont Regional Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Pilot Project
National Institute of Justice, October 2008
Effective Police Communications Systems Require New "Governance"
National Institute of Justice, June 2008
Software Defined Radios Help Agencies Communicate
National Institute of Justice, March 2008

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Vehicles

Michigan State Police Vehicle and Motorcycle Evaluations Help Inform Purchasing Decisions
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2017
Case Study of a GPS Tracking Tool Designed to Aid in Police Vehicle Pursuits
National Institute of Justice, July 2017
Police Vehicle Evaluation Reports
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center and Michigan State Police, Annual
Pursuit Technology Impact Assessment, Version 1.1
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2017
2015 Pursuit Rated Tire Winter Performance Evaluation Book
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, April 2015
Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative
U.S. Fire Administration, February 2014
Vehicle Marking and Technology for Increased Highway Visibility: A Reference Guide for Decision-Makers (PDF | PowerPoint)
United States Fire Administration-Sponsored and National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2013
Automated License Plate Recognition Systems: Policy and Operational Guidance for Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2012
Investigating the Impact of In-Car Communication on Law Enforcement Officer Patrol Performance in an Advanced Driving Simulator, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2012
Advanced In-Car Video System
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2011
Aviation Units in Large Law Enforcement Agencies, 2007
Bureau of Justice Statistics, July 2009

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Weapons and Less-Lethal Technologies

Baseline Specifications for Law Enforcement Service Pistols With Security Technology
National Institute of Justice, November 2016
NIJ Duty Holster Retention Standard Fact Sheet
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2014
Special Panel Review of Excited Delirium
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2011
Final Findings From the Expert Panel on the Safety of Conducted Energy Devices
National Institute of Justice, October 2011
Police Use of Force, Tasers and Other Less-Lethal Weapons
National Institute of Justice, May 2011
Study of Deaths Following Electro Muscular Disruption
National Institute of Justice, May 2011
2011 Electronic Control Weapon Guidelines
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, March 2011
Raytheon's Approach to a Passive mmW High-Throughput Concealed Weapons Detection Portal
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2009
Weapons And Non-permitted Devices Detector (WANDD)
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2008
Use of Tasers by Selected Law Enforcement Agencies
Government Accountability Office, May 2008
Less Lethal Weapon Effectiveness, Use of Force, and Suspect Officer Injuries: A Five-Year Analysis
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2008

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Other Materials

TechBeat
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored (Various Dates)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Can Support Law Enforcement in Crash Scene Reconstruction
National Institute of Justice, April 2018
Rapid and Reliable On-Site Drug Detection Using Aptamer-based Sensors
National Institute of Justice, March 2018
Improving the Reliability of Drug Tests Done by Officers
National Institute of Justice, November 2016
IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods: National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, September 2016
IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods -- eTrace: Internet-Based Firearms Tracing and Analysis
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, August 2016
Research on the Impact of Technology on Policing Strategy in the 21st Century, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, May 2016
High-Priority Information Technology Needs for Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2015
Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2015
Randomized-Trial Evaluation of a Law Enforcement Application for Smartphones and Laptops that Uses GIS and Location-Based Services' to Pinpoint Persons-of-Interest
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2014
Criminal Justice Restraints NIJ Standard 1001.00
National Institute of Justice, September 2014
NIJ Criminal Justice Restraints Standard
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2014
Lost and Found: Understanding Technologies Used to Locate Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, March 2014
Through-the-Wall Sensors for Law Enforcement: Best Practices Version 1.0
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2014
Compstat: Its Origins, Evolution, and Future in Law Enforcement Agencies
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, August 2013
Standoff Through the Wall Imaging Sensor User Evaluation, FCC Certification and Performance Improvement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2013
Developing a Policy on the Use of Social Media in Intelligence and Investigative Activities: Guidance and Recommendations
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, February 2013
Through-the-Wall Sensors for Law Enforcement, Market Survey
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2012
Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory Council 2010 Annual Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, November 2011
Tech Docs: Technology Resources for Law Enforcement CD-ROM
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, September 2011
Using Public Surveillance Systems for Crime Control and Prevention
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, September 2011
Evaluation of Reflective Vest Options
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2011
Standoff Through-the-Wall Imaging Sensor
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2010

Related Resources

Biodetection Technology Resource for First Responders
This website summarizes current activities related to biodetection for first responder and homeland security missions, and includes a biodetection product guide, test reports, and links to upcoming first responder-related events.
Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)/Body Armor Safety Initiative (BASI)
Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the BVP Program is designed to provide bulletproof vests to public safety personnel. BASI, administered by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), addresses the reliability of body armor used by safety professionals and examines the future of bullet-resistant technology and testing.
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA): National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit
This toolkit is a comprehensive clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program in an effort to strengthen community trust and confidence in the justice system and improve officer and community safety.
Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Safety
Developed with support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, this website is intended as a resource to help law enforcement agencies make an informed decision on whether to acquire unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and if they do, how to develop policies and procedures that will help garner public support, avoid pitfalls, and build community trust.
Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC)
As a component of the National Institute of Justice's National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System, JTIC serves as an information hub and disseminates information on innovations in law enforcement technology.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Contained on NIJ's Technology and Tools page are links to information about specific types of technologies for law enforcement. Additionally, the NIJ site highlights efforts of NIJ's Standards and Testing Program and provides for access to standards that are active or under development and links to lists of compliant:
National Officer Safety Event Deconfliction
With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this site was launched to expand officer safety event deconfliction coverage nationwide.
PoliceArmor.org
Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, PoliceArmor.org serves as a single point of access for technical information, NIJ's Compliance Testing Program and Compliant Product List, and guidelines for proper fit and care of body armor.

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