Bulletproof Vest Partnership

Home | Login | Site Map | Contact Us    
Bulletproof Vest Partnership
3 Easy Steps
Program Resources
Other Resources
Body Armor Safety Initiative
Current Activities
Official Statements
Summit Information
Body Armor Resources

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Logo Bulletproof Vest Partnership
BVP FAQs > Answers

Below is the question and answer you have chosen to view. If you are satisfied with the answer to this question you may use the left hand menu to navigate elsewhere on the site. Related questions have been provided at the bottom of the page if you did not find the answer you are looking for. If you still need more information, feel free to use the '' link below to ask us directly.

 What type and threat level of armor should I wear?

Simple Answer:
  • That depends on the user and the environmental risk level of the wearer.

    More Detailed Answer:
  • First, assess the type of threat you face on a daily basis. Review data from shooting incidents in your area, as well as the types of weapons (firearms, knives, etc.) being confiscated from suspects. Also factor in what type of sidearm and duty ammunition you are carrying; FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data indicates that approximately 1 in 6 officers that are killed in the line of duty are shot with their own weapon. Other considerations are: the climate in which you work, typical duty assignment, and personal preference considerations (comfort and fit). Again, the decision is ultimately yours. The same concepts apply for correctional officers seeking stab or puncture resistant armor.

  •  Other Related Questions

  • I'm a Correctional Officer, and I'm more interested in a vest that provides stab/puncture protection instead of ballistic protection. What assistance can you provide?

  • We're going to purchase body armor in the near future. Do you have any advice or suggestions?

  • Which ballistic or stab-resistant material is better?

       For immediate assistance, please call us toll-free at 1-877-758-3787. You may also reach us by email at vests@usdoj.gov