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Overview of the Body Armor Safety Initiative

At the direction of the Attorney General, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of the Office of Justice Programs is examining the performance of used Zylon®-based body armor. A statistically-based test protocol has been developed that will require NIJ to obtain certain used armors from law enforcement agencies around the country. In the coming weeks, staff of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program will be contacting selected agencies that have purchased Zylon®-based armors using BVP funds, requesting that they submit selected units of these armors for testing along with information regarding their history. Agencies will be provided with the necessary funding to replace the armor sample submitted. Thank you for your assistance with this extremely important law enforcement safety issue.

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Date Created: January 8, 2020