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Body Armor/Personal Protective Equipment

Updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the BVP Program Mandatory Wear
Requirement
Bureau of Justice Assistance, April 2014

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Initiative
Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2013

NIJ Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard Fact Sheet
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2013

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

Body Armor Video for Procurement
National Institute of Justice, March 2012

Body Armor Video for Officers
National Institute of Justice, March 2012

Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard (NIJ Standard - 0117.00)
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

Evaluation of Reflective Vest Options
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 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

BJA/PERF Body Armor National Survey: Protecting the Nation's Law Enforcement Officers, Phase II Final Report
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, September 2009

Revised Body Armor Standard and Testing Program
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, 2009

Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor (NIJ Standard - 0101.06)
National Institute of Justice, July 2008

Body Armor: Don't Leave Home Without It
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, 2008

Body Armor Safety Initiative: To Protect and Serve... Better
National Institute of Justice, July 2006

Third Status Report to the Attorney General on Body Armor Safety Initiative Testing and Activities
National Institute of Justice, August 2005

Status Report to the Attorney General on Body Armor Safety Initiative Testing and Activities (Supplement I)
National Institute of Justice, December 2004

Status Report to the Attorney General on Body Armor Safety Initiative Testing and Activities
National Institute of Justice, March 2004

Improved Thermal Control Body Armor  
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2003

Guide for the Selection of Personal Protection Equipment for Emergency First Responders (NIJ Guide 102-00)
National Institute of Justice, November 2002

Guide for the Selection of Personal Protective Equipment for Emergency First Responders (Percutaneous Protection-Apparel)
National Institute of Justice, November 2002

Guide for the Selection of Personal Protective Equipment for Emergency First Responders (Percutaneous Protection-Garments)
National Institute of Justice, November 2002

Guide for the Selection of Personal Protective Equipment for Emergency First Responders (Respiratory Protection)
National Institute of Justice, November 2002

Guide for the Selection of Communication Equipment for Emergency First Responders, Volume II (NIJ Guide 104-00)
National Institute of Justice, February 2002

When In Doubt . . . Check It Out: Labels Can Be Deceiving
Bureau of Justice Assistance

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Body-Worn Cameras

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

Social Media and Police Leadership: Lessons From Boston
National Institute of Justice, April 2014

Coping When Technology Goes Off-line
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2013

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)
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

Interoperability Gateways/Interconnects
National Institute of Justice, March 2007

Radio Spectrum
National Institute of Justice, February 2006

Telephony Implications of Voice Over Internet Protocol
National Institute of Justice, February 2006

Voice Response Translator: A Valuable Police Tool
National Institute of Justice, July 2005

Why Can't We Talk? Working Together to Bridge the Communications Gap to Save Lives: A Guide for Public Officials
National Task Force on Interoperability, February 2005

Interoperability AGILE-ity
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, 2002

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Vehicles

Police Vehicle Evaluation Reports
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center and Michigan State Police, Annual

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

2011 Police Vehicle Tire Evaluation
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, October 2011

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

NIJ Duty Holster Retention Standard Fact Sheet
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2013

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

Ergonomic Load Bearing Systems
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2009

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

Less Lethal Technologies
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2007

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Other Materials

Computer Forensic Tool Testing Publications
National Institute of Justice (Various Dates)

Geography and Public Safety Bulletins
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and National Institute of Justice (Various Dates)

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

Law Enforcement Tech Guide Resources for Technology Project Management (CD-ROM)
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, October 2013

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

Video Surveillance of Public Places
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, December 2009

NIJ Helps Police to Exchange Driver’s License Photos
National Institute of Justice, September 2009

Through-Wall Surveillance for Locating Individuals Within Buildings: Final Scientific and Technical Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2008

Infrared Beacon Evaluation: Applications for Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2008

Identifying and Measuring the Effects of Information Technologies on Law Enforcement Agencies: The Making Officer Redeployment Effective Program--A Guide for Law Enforcement
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, April 2008

Law Enforcement Technology--Are Small and Rural Agencies Equipped and Trained?
National Institute of Justice, June 2004

Guide for the Selection of Chemical Agent and Toxic Industrial Material Detection Equipment for Emergency First Responders, Volume I (NIJ Guide 100-00)
National Institute of Justice, June 2000

Inventory of State and Local Law Enforcement Technology Needs to Combat Terrorism
National Institute of Justice, January 1999

Related Resources

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 state and local law enforcement. The BASI, also administered by BJA, addresses the reliability of body armor used by law enforcement personnel and examines the future of bullet-resistant technology and testing.

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 highlightes 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 Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
NLECTC, a component of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Office of Science and Technology, offers support, research findings, and technological expertise to help State and local law enforcement and corrections personnel perform their duties more safely and efficiently.

Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES)
OLES helps law enforcement, corrections, and criminal justice agencies ensure that the equipment they purchase and the technologies they use are safe, dependable, and effective.

PoliceArmor.org
It is imperative that officers understand how to select body armor that not only provides maximum protection, but also meets the standards set forth by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). PoliceArmor.org, a Web site sponsored by NIJ and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), 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.

For additional publications and related information, see the Law Enforcement: Equipment and Facilities section of our site or conduct a search of the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

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