Special Feature: Law Enforcement Resources - Equipment and Technology

Publications/Products

Body Armor/Personal Protective Equipment

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

Body-Worn Cameras

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

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

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

Weapons and Less-Lethal Technologies

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
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

Other Materials

Geography and Public Safety Bulletins
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and National Institute of Justice (Various Dates)
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
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
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 public safety personnel, including those in the field of corrections. 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.
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.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Biodetection Technology Resource
This Web site 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.
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.

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