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Protection for Law Enforcement Officers

Protection for Law Enforcement Officers 

If you are a police officer, you know how important it is for you to have the right body armor. Many police departments will issue body 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 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 no longer protects up to the threats that it originally promised to protect against.

At Safeguard, we offer you the opportunity to wear that you can be confident in. All of our panels have been inspected and improved by an armor specialist, and are guaranteed at the time of issue to protect up to the advertised NIJ levels, for as long as the vest is well looked after. Making this purchase can put your safety into your 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 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.

Cordura® W/ Front Zip

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 be made of 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 re able to maneuver well during tactical operations, and help ensure that you remain as safe as possible.