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FOURTH REVISION OF BODY ARMOR STANDARD ISSUED.

Ballistic-resistant armor (more commonly, but incorrectly called bulletproof vests) has saved the lives of more than 2500 law enforcement officers since 1975. That year, the first bullet-resistant soft body armor meeting new national standards--developed 3 years earlier for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) by the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES)--was issued to 5000 officers in 15 major cities.

OLES recently marked a significant milestone in this story when it completed the fourth revision of the performance standard for the ballistic resistance of personal body armor. The revised standard updates the test methods for measuring ballistic resistance and improves test consistency. A formal compliance test program, sponsored by Nil, is under way so that body armor can be certified to the revised standard.

The NIJ has published the revision as NIJ Standard-0101.04.
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Publication:Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Article Type:Brief Article
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Date:Nov 1, 2000
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