Saturday, February 6, 2016

Equipment to Protect Law Enforcement Officers

There is no question that law enforcement officials are forced to work in challenging situations. Every single day they face threats that have the potential to put their life and safety at risk. They perform their job in a professional and honorable way.

One of the biggest dangers that law enforcement officials face is firearms. For this reason, throughout the United States and around the world, law enforcement officials are equipped with different types of body armor. It is estimated that in the last 30 years, body armor has saved the lives of more than 3,000 law enforcement officials. This is an important part of the uniform that both police officers and correctional officers need in order to protect themselves from potential danger.

The body armor that law enforcement officials use must meet the standards that are set out by government regulatory organizations. This body armor is constantly tested against the standards to guarantee that it will provide the needed protection. Research is constantly being done on ways to improve the safety, comfort, durability, and quality of the body armor that police officers use.

The National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice has pioneered the creation and improvement of body armor for use by police officers since the late 70's. Throughout the decades, The National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice has increased the standard that they use to judge the ballistic resistance of law enforcement’s body armor. Most recently, this standard was updated in the year 2008.

Unfortunately, stab proof or bulletproof armor does not exist. However, the body armor that law enforcement officials use is ballistic resistant. It is designed to protect against a wide range of hand gun and rifle ammunition. Stab resistant body armor is effective at preventing punctures from knives and other stabbing weapons.

The importance of body armor can be seen by looking at a report that was created by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. According to this journal, law enforcement officials that do not use body armor are 3.4 times more likely to have a fatal injury either from a gun or from a knife.

In addition to body armor, law enforcement officials will include items like a kangaroo mag pouch and other accessories to help them hold the weapons and restraint mechanisms used to apprehend criminals.

The challenges that law enforcement officials face grow more dangerous every single day. For this reason, they need high quality tools that protect them from danger and allow them to do their job in an efficient way.


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