U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership

Notice: Critical Program Information (Click here.)

Glossary

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | 

- A -

Account Type (Registration)
Please choose between Checking, and Savings accounts.

Action (Application/Receipts)
Action pertaining to a particular vest type may be the following:

  • Add to Application: By clicking this link the program will add this particular vest model to your application.
  • LEA Contacts: This link will allow you to view what other applicants have added this vest style to their application.
  • NIJ Test Results: You will be taken to a outside website (the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, http://www.justnet.org where you can review or request the test data for this vest model.

Add Vendor (Application/Receipts)
If the "Vendor" is not found in the scrolling list, then it will be necessary to complete the bottom "Add Vendor" portion of the form.

Agency Type (Registration)
An agency's duty or function. Following are the Types of Agencies:

  • Prosecution: An agency that conducts legal proceedings against a person.
  • Public Defender: A lawyer(s) appointed to represent individuals in a criminal case at public expense.
  • Police: An agency that maintains order, prevents and detects crime, and enforces the law.
  • Courts: An agency that administers legal justice.
  • Probation/Parole: An agency that investigates and reports on offenders who are free on probation or parole.
  • Juvenile Correction: An agency that deals with convicted offenders that are generally under the age of 18 years.
  • Local Adult Corrections: A city, town or other district agency that deals with convicted offenders that generally are over the age of 18 years.
  • State Adult Corrections: An agency of a state that deals with convicted offenders that generally are over the age of 18 years.
  • Animal Control: An officer that enforces the laws pertaining to directing or regulating the use of animals.
  • Constable: A law enforcement officer having minor police and judicial functions.
  • Coroner: An officer whose chief function is to investigate any death not clearly resulting from natural causes.
  • Customs: A law enforcement officer which deals with duties on imported or exported good.
  • Game Warden: A law enforcement officer that enforces laws for the conservation of game.
  • Fire/Health: Law enforcement officers which are associated arson or health institutions.
  • Investigations: A law enforcement officer that uses inquiries for ascertaining facts about a crime.
  • Marshal: A law enforcement officer or an administrative officer of a judicial district.
  • Ranger: A law enforcement officer that enforces the laws of a forest or park.

 

  • Other: An agency not covered under any of the agencies listed above.

Amount Available for Additional Requests (Receipts)
The unused portion of an applicant's approved funding

Application Status for Jurisdiction

  • Sent for BVP approval: Jurisdiction application has been submitted to BVP for approval.
  • Approved by BVP: Jurisdiction application has been approved by BVP.
  • Rejected by BVP: Jurisdiction application has been rejected by BVP.
  • Open Application: An application where changes are permitted and has not been finalized and submitted to BVP.
  • Re-Opened Application: An application where changes are permitted that has been previously submitted to BVP.

Application Status for LEA's

  • Sent for Chief Executive's approval: LEA application has been submitted to the Chief Executive for approval.
  • Approved by Chief Executive: LEA application has been approved by the Chief Executive.
  • Not approved by Chief Executive: LEA application has not been approved by the Chief Executive.
  • Open Application: An application where changes are permitted and has not been finalized and submitted to the jurisdiction.
  • Re-Opened Application: An application where changes are permitted that has been previously submitted to the jurisdiction.

- B -

Banking Form
Available in the payment section. The form must be printed, verified by the jurisdiction's banking official and mailed to the BVP office for approval.

Bank Status

  • We have not received your signed bank form: An original bank form has not been received.
  • The banking information has been changed: Requires revalidation by sending a new bank form with the updated information.
  • We received your signed bank form: You may now submit your application to the BVP program.

BVP Portion of Payment Requested (Payments)
If the BVP Portion of Payment Requested is less than or equal to the Amount Available for Additional Requests then you will request this dollar amount. If the Amount Available for Additional Requests is less than the BVP Portion of Payment Requested then the amount approved by BVP will be transferred not the amount requested.

- C -

Certification (Registration)
An applicant is asked if they will adhere to the rules of the BVP program by verifying the information and entering their name before submitting.

Change this item (Application/Receipts)
When vests have been reported as received and the reporting agency notices a mistake, as long as a payment has not yet been requested, it is possible to make corrections to what has been reported as received.

Chief Executive
Generally the highest ranking executive officer of a jurisdiction.

Chief Executive Certification (Payments)
The Chief Executive or their Designee is using an online signature agreeing to the conditions set forth by the program.

Congressional District (Registration)
A Congressional District is one of 435 areas from which persons are elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Contact Bank Official (Registration)
The person designated by your bank as their Automated Clearing House (ACH) Coordinator.

Contact Phone Number
The phone number of the contact.

- D -

Date Ordered (Application/Receipts)
The date an order for vests was placed with a vendor.

Date Received (Application/Receipts)
The date an order for vests was received by a Law Enforcement Agency or a Jurisdiction.

Depositor Account Number (Payments)
A number up to seventeen digits in length, appearing at the bottom of your check ending in your account number. If this number contains spaces or dashes it may cause errors in receiving your funds such as a bank returning a request for payment to the Officer of the Comptroller, Department of the Treasury.

Display Requests (Payments)
Use the Display Requests button to review information on:

  • All Receipts: This will summarize all of the payment requests.
  • Requested payment from BVP: This will summarize all unpaid payment requests.
  • Paid by BVP: This will summarize all paid payment requests.
  • Payment on Hold: This will summarize any payment request that is currently on hold.

Distributor (Vendor)
An establishment that sells armor vests.

Data Universal Number System (DUNS) (Registration)
A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit sequence recognized as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of over 80 million businesses worldwide.

- E -

Email (Registration)
Email addresses should not contain spaces, commas or http://. It will cause errors, such as a Jurisdiction will not receive warning and approval emails from the BVP Program. It is extremely important that the Email address is correct. You can not be approved without a valid Email address. Free Email

Estimated BVP Portion of Total Cost (Application)
The dollar amount BVP approves, if 50% is approved.

Emergency Replacement Needs:
Emergency replacement needs cover vests that are potentially defective, vests that have been lost, stolen, or damaged, and vests needed as a result of unanticipated officer turnover occurring within the last 3 to 6 months. It DOES NOT include tactical vests or routine agency needs for new or replacement vests unless those vests contain Zylon and must be replaced immediately.

- F -

Federal ID Number (Registration)
Federally issued number assigned to your jurisdiction under which federal withholding taxes are deposited.

- G -

Gender (Application/Registration)
Some vests are gender specific male, female or either.

Gov't Census ID # (Registration)
This is a system generated ID that is automatically assigned by the Database and is specific for each participating Jurisdiction.

Government Type (Registration)
(Same as Jurisdiction Type)

- H -

- I -

Indicate Receipt of Another Vest in Place of this Item (Application)
If an applicant did not purchase the vest that was on the application, this link should be selected.

Indicate Receipt of this Item (Application)
If the vest purchased is the vest listed in the application, select this link, it will take you into a form "Add NIJ Approved Vest to Receiving Report".

- J -

urisdiction Federal ID Number (Registration)
This is a Federally issued number assigned to your jurisdiction under which federal withholding taxes are deposited.

Jurisdiction Population (Registration)
Population for the jurisdiction is listed here. If the number listed is incorrect, click on the link to send an email to the BVP help desk to change the population for you.

Jurisdiction Types (Registration)

  • State: A politically unified people occupying a definite area.
  • County/Parish: The largest local administrative division in most states in the US.
  • City/Municipality: An incorporated municipality, usually governed by a mayor and council.
  • Township: A unit of local government, usually a subdivision of a county, found in most Midwestern and northeastern states of the US.
  • Special District: A division of territory, as of a state or county, marked off for administrative, electoral, or other purposes.
  • Independent School: A special school district.
  • Tribal Government: A local division of a Native American tribe.

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Funding
Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds may not be used to pay for that portion of the bullet proof vest (50%) that is not covered by BVP funds. JAG funds may be used to purchase vests for an agency, but they may not be used as the 50% match for BVP purposes.

- K -

- L -

Last Submission Date (Registration)
Date when the application was submitted to the BVP program for funding consideration.

Law Enforcement Agency (Registration)
(Same as Agency Type.)

- M -

Manufacturer's Name
A business that makes armored vests.

- N -

- O -

Obligated
Obligated generally refers to those unspent BVP funds you have earmarked for immediate vest purchases, committed to support approved purchase orders, incoming invoices, or anticipated to be spent on vest purchases within the next 90 days.

- P -

Paid by BVP (Payments)
This will summarize all paid payment requests.

Part Time (Registration)
If your Jurisdiction has no Part Time officers please put a 0 in the box.

Payment on Hold (Payments)
This will summarize any payment request that is currently on hold. If a payment has been placed on Hold someone from the BVP Help Desk will be in contact with you, but if you wish, you may call the Help Desk to resolve your payment issue.

Population
The population field has information from the 2000 US Census. If this information is incorrect please email or call the Help Desk for assistance.
Toll-Free (1-877-75-VESTS) or (1-877-758-3787)

Primary Point of Contact (Registration)
This is the person who will be contacted first when any transaction or activity on the account transpires.

Program Participation by Year (Status)
This page will appear when an applicant logs into the online handbook. It will quickly allow an applicant to determine what step(s) need to be completed.

- Q -

Quantity (Application/Receipts)
The number of vests added to create an application for a particular vest style.

- R -

Remove this item (Application/Receipts)
This section will allow the user to remove an entire line of vests that have been reported as received.

Reimbursement
BJA will authorize the payment and transfer the amount into the jurisdiction's account only after NIJ has received the armor and verified that the requested armor has all the relevant information filled out in the questionnaire.

Requested payment from BVP (Payments)
This section will summarize all unpaid payment requests.

Review Banking and Contact Information (Registration)
Used to verify that the funds will be deposited into the proper bank and the correct account number.

Routing Number (Registration)
A nine-digit number found in the lower left corner of your check. See Example. This number should be an Automated Clearing house (ACH) Electronic Funds transfer number. It should not contain any spaces or dashes.

- S -

Select Jurisdiction Type (Registration)
From a pop-up menu, select the type of Jurisdiction you are associated with, if you can't decide or nothing appears appropriate, leave this setting as "Select Jurisdiction Type".

Sort Results By (Application/Receipts)
There is a pop-up menu with two choices, Manufacturer Name and Threat Level; make your selection.

Status of Application

  • Jurisdiction Application
    • Sent for BVP approval: Jurisdiction application has been submitted to BVP for approval.
    • Approved by BVP: Jurisdiction application has been approved by BVP.
    • Rejected by BVP: Jurisdiction application has been rejected by BVP.
    • Open Application: An application where changes are permitted and has not been finalized and submitted to the jurisdiction or BVP.
    • Re-Opened Application: An application where changes are permitted that has been previously submitted to the jurisdiction or BVP.
  • Law Enforcement Agency Application
    • Sent for Chief Executive's approval: LEA application has been submitted to the Chief Executive for approval.
    • Approved by Chief Executive: LEA application has been approved by the Chief Executive.
    • Not approved by Chief Executive: LEA application has not been approved by the Chief Executive.

- T -

Tax, Shipping & Handling Charges (Application/Receipts)
This is for delivery of a complete order, if the vendor will not be adding these charges, include $ 0.00 in this area.

Threat Level (Application/Receipts)
Police body armor that is covered by the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) standard is classified into seven types, by level of ballistic protection performance.

Total Approved Amount (Application)
The total dollar amount that BVP approved for an application.

Total Approved Amount (All Years) (Receipts)
If an applicant has been approved for one year this dollar amount will be reflected here. If an applicant has been approved for multiple program years these dollar amounts will be totaled together.

Total Payment Made to Date (Receipts)
If a request for payment has been made and the program has made a payment to the specified account, this information will be displayed.

Total Payment on Hold (Receipts)
A payment request has been submitted by the applicant, but the program has a question about what has been reported as received or banking information may need to be verified. Someone from the help desk will be calling you or the primary point of contact could call the help desk to determine what has caused a delay in payment.

Total Proposed Amount (Application)
The total dollar amount on the application.

Total Received for this Vest to Date (Receipts)
If a 0 appears this could have two meanings, A) no vests have been reported as received or B) vests have been reported as received and payment has been requested.

Total Unpaid Requests to Date (Receipts)
A payment request that is currently being processed, but not yet paid.

- U -

Unit Price (Application/Receipts)
Generally, Unit Price is the final vest cost, including the cost of the vest carrier, attachments, inserts, and covers considered integral or essential for its proper care, use, and wearability. If the vest manufacturer or distributor offered you a special discount not available to the general public (including discounts to adjust for potentially defective vests already purchased by your jurisdiction), the Unit Price should reflect the vest's price before the discount was taken.

Unspent BVP Funds:
Unspent funds refers to the total amount of your prior BVP awards that still remain in your account; these funds are immediately available to support qualifying vest purchases if they are not passed the funding expiration date.

- V -

Vest Replacement Cycle (Application)
Under normal conditions, this represents the number of years you allow an officer to wear body armor before it is replaced. Choices include 5 (or more) years, 4 years, and 3 (or less) years.

Vendor (Distributor)
A distributor is a business that sells armor vests.

- W -

- X -

- Y -

Yellow Pages
This is where a Jurisdiction or Law Enforcement Agency can look up another registered Jurisdiction or Law Enforcement Agency for contact information. An option is provided in your registration to choose whether or not you wish to be listed in this service. The manufacturers and vendors will not have access to this information and will not be able to contact the registered Jurisdictions or Law Enforcement Agencies.

- Z -

 

For immediate assistance, please call us toll-free at 1-877-758-3787. You may also reach us by email at [email protected]