Protection for Law Enforcement Officers
If you are work in Law Enforcement, you know how important it is for you to have the right body armor. Many police departments will issue protective armor to new officers, but the armor may have been used by another officer.
Unfortunately, this means that there is no way for you to know the condition of the body armor. You may be left with no guarantee that the armor has been cared for at all.
As such, your armor panels may be damaged. This may not necessarily be obvious by looking at the panels, but it may be the case that the armor is no longer suitable for the threats that it originally promised to protect against.
All body armor panels now have to be inspected and approved by an armor specialist. This will guarantee that, at the time of issue, the body armor will protect up to the advertised NIJ levels. Buying police body armor can put your safety into your own hands, as well as allowing you to own a carrier that fits, looks, and functions how you want it to.
It is important to be sure that you store and care for the body armor properly. You may want to store your armor at your home rather than at your department, so that you can clean you carrier when needed, and ensure that you have your body armor when you need it. You can also be sure that it is cared for and handled how you would like it to be.
Police Body Armor Vests Worn Over Clothing
Police officers typically wear overt vests. However, it is important to be sure that your body armor conforms to your department’s unique specifications.
Before buying any body armor, you may want to take the time to talk to your superiors. Some stations only allow carriers to be a certain color, or to be made from certain materials - this may be to ensure uniformity among officers.
When you are purchasing a covert vest, you will want to be sure that the vest fits you properly. A vest that is too large could stop you conducting your active daily duties comfortably. Equally, a vest that is too tight could cause movement restriction, or cause excessive crushing or folding of the panels.
Therefore, it is important that you have a vest that is the perfect fit for you. Please see our sizing articles for further information, or contact our team for help with choosing the correct size.
Within specailist teams, such as SWAT entry teams, more elaborate and protective vests are often used. These vests fit over clothes, and can feature additional protective panels that cover areas such as the neck, throat, upper arm and groin areas. Although this will be less comfortable over extended periods of time, this is appropriate for any officer entering a high risk environment.
If choosing to purchase additional protective panels, including Ballistic SAPI plates and helmets, we recommend taking the time to practice movements in full gear. This will help you be sure that you are able to maneuver well during tactical operations, and help ensure that you remain as safe as possible.