Ballistic Resistant Body Armor Special Technical Committee Survey

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June 17, 2013

As the details of the fatal encounter between Alachua County Deputy Sheriff William Frank Williams and an armed subject emerge, it is revealed Deputy Williams escaped serious harm of being shot in the chest by wearing his bullet-proof-vest.  A brutal reminder of both the dangers and vital importance of body armor in modern day law enforcement.

Therefore, Florida Public Employees Partnership commends the Fraternal Order of Police for conducting the following survey in the quest to enhance the safety of all police officers.

By: James Preston

Ballistic Resistant Body Armor Special Technical Committee Survey

The Fraternal Order of Police has been asked by the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Ballistic Resistant Body Armor Special Technical Committee to assist them by obtaining information from law enforcement agencies that will be used to develop the next set of standards for body armor.

This information being surveyed covers several areas: The types of body armor officers typically wear; the weapons and ammunition typically carried by police officers at your agency; and the weapons and ammunition typically used against or encountered by Officers at your agency. To properly complete the survey, it’s advisable that you download the questions and conduct the research first.

The information you provide will be compiled with the information submitted from agencies across the entire country. The information you provide will directly impact the work of the special technical committee and will directly impact the next generation of body armor worn by law enforcement officers across the country. This information and will not be released to the public by the FOP or to anyone else except the NIJ’s Special Technical Committee.

The goal of this special technical committee is to develop a set of body armor standards that will protect Officers from the weapons and ammunition typically carried by both law enforcement and criminals. This survey is needed to identify the “typical” threats along with the “maximum” threats encountered by our law enforcement Officers.

This survey consists of 20 questions and has an additional comments area at the end.

Please Click Here to take part in the Ballistic Survey

Should you or your agency have any questions about this survey, please contact NIJ Ballistic Resistant Body Armor Special Technical Committee member, John Ortolano at: johnortolano@fop.net

 

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