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Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership

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Bulletproof Vest Partnership

The Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) reimburses states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes, for up to 50 percent of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers.

Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions have participated in the BVP Program, with a total of $573 million in federal funds for the purchase of over 1.5 million body armor vests.


The annual BVP application period typically begins in April and closes six weeks from the opening date. The fiscal year 2023 BVP Program application period opened on April 27, 2023, and closed on June 30, 2023.

See Award History by Jurisdiction for detailed award history.

Fact Sheet

The BVP Program Fact Sheet provides background information and other details about the BVP Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

The BVP FAQs contain pertinent information on the BVP Program. Mandatory Wear FAQs are also available.


Advisories, Notices, and Alerts


The BVP Helpdesk can be contacted at 1-877-758-3787 or [email protected].

Media and Congressional inquiries should be directed to the OJP Office of Communications at 202-307-0703 or [email protected].

Latest Advisories

3-9-23 NIJ Safety Notice: Safariland, LLC, ND01-2020S-ME 

3-3-23 NIJ Advisory Notice: HighCom - sa2910

3-3-23 NIJ Advisory Notice: C.I.A. Miguel Caballero S.A.S. - Alpha S33

2-2-23 NIJ Advisory Notice: Mex Msf Sco S.A. de C.V. - Coyote

8-9-22 NIJ Advisory Notice: U.S. Armor Corporation - 6316M

8-9-22 NIJ Advisory Notice: Ceska zbrojovka a.s. - Model HW 490

4-26-22 NIJ Advisory Notice: Safariland, LLC - ND01-2020S-ME

3-18-22 NIJ Advisory Notice: PRE Labs Inc.- Model 2/18F

All Active Advisories

Date Modified: July 3, 2023
Date Created: January 16, 2020