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Stab-Resistant Body Armor Standard Revision Project
Thinking About Corrections


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is revising the stab resistant body armor standard through the efforts of a special technical committee of practitioners and technical experts. As part of the revision, NIJ is trying to quantify the threat improvised weapons pose to correctional officers in order to identify better protective equipment that is more suitable to the ergonomics and work environment of a correctional officer.

An important part of the work involves characterizing the types of weapons encountered in correctional facilities.  NIJ is working with Wayne State University (WSU) to perform the analysis. Wayne State University needs as many actual improvised weapons as possible that were confiscated in correctional facilities.  Wayne State University is specifically seeking weapons collected in the past five years, and is interested in all types of weapons to determine the range of materials, sizes, and types being found.

If your agency is willing to assist Wayne State University and NIJ by providing weapons for this research project, please contact Nicholas Rowley, WSU, at 248 259-3316. All shipping costs are paid by WSU, and weapons are shipped to the Wayne State University police station. Weapons will be returned upon request.

Body Armor Resources:

US Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs: Body Armor Safety Initiative

NIJ   Current Standard:  Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor, NIJ Standard 0115.00

NIJ Body Armor page: Standards and Testing

NIC Website: Body Armor Search Results

Posted Wed, Jun 6 2012 8:38 AM by Anonymous


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