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How to buy body armor (eBook)

Body armor can mean the difference between life and death for officers, but the process to purchase it has some major challenges


Body armor remains a crucial piece of personal protective equipment for law enforcement officers across all assignments, work locations and ranks. Its lifesaving potential is undeniable and well-documented.

Today, the choice of wearing body armor either beneath or atop a uniform shirt involves considering security, vital organ protection and comfort during various activities, such as driving in a patrol vehicle, patrolling neighborhoods or engaging in foot pursuits.

The complexity of selecting the right body armor has only increased due to ongoing advancements in material science, design innovations, updated manufacturing and testing standards, and the diverse body shapes of officers.

This Police1 body armor buying guide serves as an indispensable resource for both newcomers to body armor procurement and seasoned purchasing veterans. This guide navigates the intricate process of researching, testing and purchasing body armor, reflecting the latest developments in technology, standards and best practices to ensure officers receive the protection they need in the ever-evolving landscape of law enforcement.

To ensure your department is equipped with the most advanced and suitable body armor, click here to download your free copy of the “How to Buy Body Armor” Buying Guide from Police1.

This guide, originally published April 25, 2019, has been updated.