Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Body Armor

Armor needs to be designed to cover more of our body.  We need armor that covers under the armpit or perhaps over the outside of the shoulder.  A hit in one of those areas can be fatal and officers have died from shots taken in those areas.  Soft body armor is an excellent tool but it can be better.

Body armor should be inserted inside the police shirt.  The police shirt should have pockets to hold the armor rather than having a separate carrier specifically for armor.  The carrier just adds two heavy layers of cloth that add to the weight and the heat of wearing body armor.  The carrier also does not get washed as often as it should.

Armor should protect against edged weapons.  An ice pick or dagger will penetrate most soft body armor.  We need protection against that threat.  Armor has gotten better in the 20+ years I have been in law enforcement and nearly everyone now can afford it and wear it.  Now that we can all wear it, armor makers need to work on improvements; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Nothing advances police equipment like a war. Since the last 10+ years of war have not produced any significant jumps in body armor technology, I suspect nothing new is coming any time soon.

Mike Creek said...

I have been asking for these for a while and so far, nothing.