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One the most important tools, a Police Officer has is their body armor. With training and the side arm - the vest is next most important piece of the equipment. Police have right to go home after their shift and a moral obligation to the community to survive confrontations and combat in order to protect the other citizens form harm.

This is a simple presentation I designed to help Officers understand their armor, how to wear and care for it.

One the most important tools, a Police Officer has is their body armor. With training and the side arm - the vest is next most important piece of the equipment. Police have right to go home after their shift and a moral obligation to the community to survive confrontations and combat in order to protect the other citizens form harm.

This is a simple presentation I designed to help Officers understand their armor, how to wear and care for it.

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Wear, Care and Use of concealable armor 3 2-15

  1. 1. Understanding Your Body Armor
  2. 2. Threats on the Street
  3. 3. LEOKA – FBI study 2012 Firearms All assaults
  4. 4. LEOKA 2010 The bullet is slowed and stopped within the layers of the armor. Armor absorbs energy, fibers stretch, elongate, and then break. The fibers stretching or breaking is a normal part of the ballistic protection process. Your Body Armor in Action
  5. 5. Body Armor Test Threat Ammunition Body Armor is designed to defeat a particular test round. NYPD issued vests are level IIIA – tested against .357 Sig and .44 MAG Plus additional Special Threat Testing .357 SIG NIJ-STD-0101.06
  6. 6. Fibers have engaged the bullet A handgun round may pass through a few layers of armor before it is stopped Unidirectional & Aramid Fibers
  7. 7. AXIIIA Armor is Tri Compliant Ballistic vest has been tested against three different testing protocols • National Institute of Justice test standard 0101.06 • FBI testing protocol • DEA testing protocol These testing procedures are designed to duplicate current threats, physical environments, and possible law enforcement situations.
  8. 8. Understanding the Label on your Ballistic Package Important information •NIJ Compliance •Serial Number •Lot Number •Size •Date of Manufacture •Manufacturer Information •Threat Level •Label faces outside •Be sure to have label facing correct way. AXIIIA
  9. 9. •12-point adjustability •Shoulder has 2” straps •Waist has 2” and 4" straps •Two trauma plate pockets located on front panel accommodate either 5" x 8" or 7” x 9” •Anti-Microbial Bio-Guard treatment to interior fabric •Moisture Management Microfiber interior fabric •Two carriers adjustment of carrier
  10. 10. Armor Daily Care • Allow to air dry • Turn Inside Out • Lay Flat • Smooth out any ridges or creases
  11. 11. Wash Day Procedures • Remove shoulder and waist straps from carrier • Remove ballistic panels from carrier • Machine wash carrier – without straps • Tumble dry low or air dry • Re-insert ballistic panels, with label facing outward • Replace straps on shoulder and waist • TIP: use a permanent marker to indicate strap location before disassembling vest to make it easier to reassemble to your customized fit. • TIP: Wipe armor panels with damp sponge or cloth and allow to fully air dry when needed
  12. 12. Proper fit for your concealable vest •11% of Officers murdered while wearing body armor and shot over the top of the vest. •Scoop of the neck of the vest should be positioned 2” below tracheal notch – higher to protect •Bottom of ballistic panel will be positioned 2-4 inches above the duty belt •The top of front and back panels should be symmetrical •Vest should be snug but to not tight •Front panel should overlap back panel by a minimum of two inches
  13. 13. LEOKA 2010 Top Down View Cross Section Human Antonym Chest Spine Shortest distant to heart is 1 ½ inches
  14. 14. • Your body armor should be tested against threats you face in the environment you work - Tri Compliant – FBI, DEA, FRAG • Your armor is level IIIA or Level II – it should stop your duty round • Wear your body armor properly • Body armor can help to make a dangerous job safer • Inspect and maintain your armor and carrier • Purchased one of the best available armor solution you can based on weight, ballistic protection and coverage. • Every additional pound on the torso adds seven pounds of force on to the knees. Conclusion

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