Only four used armor vests tested met all performance criteria under NIJ's body armor standard for new body armor.In the tests, age and appearance of used Zylon-based vests were ineffective predictors of potential ballistic performance.
Also, until the new requirements become effective, Zylon-containing armor vests will not be eligible for purchase with federal funds through the BVP program. 254 Posted July 7, 2006 When a Zylon-based body armor that had passed NIJ standards failed to fully protect an officer in 2003, NIJ began investigating why.The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research, development, and evaluation arm of DOJ, conducted extensive testing on used Zylon-based body armor.The testing was carried out as part of the Attorney General's Body Armor Safety Initiative, which began in November 2003. Mesloh, 9 (1) Law Enforcement Executive Forum 121-128 (2009).A baton that is too light or too small may cause an officer to strike a subject repeatedly to effectively control a suspect, which is perceived badly by both the media and the public.This fact sheet describes the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, a U. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide critical resources to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions for the sole purpose of purchasing bullet-resistant body armor for sworn law enforcement officers."Bulletproof Vest Partnership Initiative" presents information on the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program.Of these vests, 60 (58 percent) were penetrated by at least one round during a six-shot test series.Of those that passed penetration testing, 91 percent showed excessive "backface deformation," an indicator of the potential blunt trauma experienced by an officer wearing the armor.Recognition and acceptance of the NIJ standard has grown worldwide, making it the performance benchmark for ballistic-resistant body armor.NIJ's Body Armor Web pages discuss the Body Armor Safety Initiative; explains the results of body armor research and explores future research; provides information on standards and testing; and offers links to resources that help agencies select and fund body armor purchases." (August 30, 2007).