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Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program

NCJ Number
Date Published
April 2023
2 pages

This fact sheet provides a description of the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program and application instructions.


This brief document provides an overview of the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program administered by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The document lists the entities that are supported by the BVP Program as being states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes; it also informs of the amount of support offered by the program since 1999. The fact sheet lists program requirements and instructions, including eligible applicants; and explains law enforcement officer definition, small jurisdiction priority funding, the matching requirement, application timeline, how to apply, payment process for BVP recipients, and body armor vest requirements. The document also provides BVP Helpdesk contact information.