About Us

Welcome to PoliceArmor.org, the site that helps criminal justice practitioners access unbiased information on body armor selection, purchase, care and maintenance. PoliceArmor.org was developed as a joint effort between the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), who develops minimum performance standards for ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor and oversees a voluntary compliance testing program for these armors; and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), who administers the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program, which provides funds to state and local criminal justice agencies to purchase this critical life-saving equipment. This site is a service of the NIJ Compliance Testing Program (NIJ CTP), operated by a grantee (RTI International) as part of the Criminal Justice Testing & Evaluation Consortium (CJTEC).

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PoliceArmor.org serves as a single point of access for criminal justice practitioners to find:

Additionally, the site provides information for criminal justice agency decision-makers and purchasing officials about body armor procurement and highlights reports about officers who have survived potentially deadly assaults because they were wearing body armor.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA administers a variety of federally funded programs designed to improve the safety of law enforcement and corrections officers. The Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, the BVP program has reimbursed more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $467 million in federal funds for the purchase of more than a million vests (1,395,976 as of February 2020). BVP is a critical resource for state and local jurisdictions.

The National Institute of Justice

NIJ, the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, develops standards and tests equipment against those standards. NIJ also helps to bring affordable new equipment to market by funding research and development of innovative technologies. As part of these efforts, NIJ administers a program to test commercially available armor for compliance with the NIJ standards to determine whether the vests will perform as expected.

Together, BJA, NIJ and the NIJ CTP urge all law enforcement officers to purchase and wear body armor that meets the current NIJ standard. Wear Your Vest every day and Stay Safe!

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