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					                        PoliceOne Body Armor
                            Market Survey
                                        (FULL Version)

                                           April 20, 2003




PoliceOne, the world's largest source of Law Enforcement information and services, is the most
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representing more than 10,000 departments, PoliceOne connects your company to your target market.

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Index: PoliceOne Body Armor Market Survey (FULL Version)

SURVEY OVERVIEW                                                                          1

DESCRIPTION                                                                              1
INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED TO RESPONDENTS                                                     1
RESPONDENT METRICS                                                                       1

SURVEY RESULTS                                                                           2

SECTION - BACKGROUND INFORMATION                                                          2
1. Department Size:                                                                       2
2. Department Type:                                                                       3
3. Are you involved in the selection or purchase of Body Armor?                           4
SECTION - SELECTION                                                                       5
4. Is Body Armor issued to officers at your department?                                   5
5. Comments to Question 4                                                                 6
6. Does your department have its own protocol for evaluating body armor or does your
department use the NIJ Standard?                                                         11
7. Are you or is your department aware of the following programs?                        12
SECTION - YOUR ARMOR                                                                     13
8. Are you required by your department to wear body armor while on duty?                 13
9. What level of body armor protection does you or your department wear?                 14
10. What brand of body armor do you currently wear?                                      15
11. What ballistic material is your vest made out of?                                    16
12. Is your body armor Multi-threat?                                                     17
13. Does you or your department buy an additional carrier at the time of the initial
purchase?                                                                                18
SECTION - WEARING BODY ARMOR                                                             19
14. What percent of time do you or do officers at your department wear body armor? 19
15. What does you or your department do when the manufacturer warrantee on your body
armor expires?                                                                           20
16. How many times has body armor been responsible for saving the life of one or more
of your officers during the past 2 years (estimate, including traffic accidents)?        21
SECTION - RESULTS AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION                                              22
17. We would like to make sure that your department gets valuable information on
purchasing body armor. Please enter the email address for your department or purchaser
(optional):                                                                              22
18. Would you like to be included on an email list to receive important information on
Body Armor (new product notifications, testing protocols), including the results of this
survey? If yes, enter your email address (optional):                                     23




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Survey Overview
Description
Body Armor Product Category Survey

Instructions Provided To Respondents
PoliceOne has developed an exciting new solution designed to assist law enforcement
agencies and individuals in more effectively researching and evaluating product. We are
building out a set of sections on PoliceOne for major Law Enforcement product
categories (Body Armor, Uniforms, Duty Gear, etc). Each section contains
comprehensive research, grant information, manufacturer information, distributor
listings, new product introductions, expert advice, and testing and evaluation protocol.

Body Armor is one of the first sections we have launched. To help all Law Enforcement
better purchase Body Armor, we would like your assistance in completing the following
survey. The survey results will appear in our new body armor product section on
PoliceOne.

Upon completion of this survey, you will be entered in a drawing to will a FREE
bulletproof vest for you or your department from US Armor. Help us by forwarding this
survey to your department purchaser and we will enter your name an extra two times in
our drawing. (click here to forward this link)

Respondent Metrics
Respondents:           1510
First Response:        10/15/2002 04:44 PM
Last Response:         4/11/2003 11:32 PM




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Survey Results
The following is a graphical depiction of the responses to each survey question.
Additional comments provided by respondents, if any, are included after each graph.

Section - Background Information


1. Department Size:




           Less than 25
           25-49
                                               8.94% (135)
           50-99                      11.52% (174)                      31.59% (477)
           500-999
           More than 1000
                                      12.25% (185)
           100-249
                                        5.10% (77)
           250-499                                                   16.56% (250)
                                            14.04% (212)




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             2. Department Type:

             70%

                       57.6%
             60%


             50%


             40%
% of Total




             30%
                                    22.0%
             20%


             10%                               6.6%            6.2%
                                                                                    4.4%
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3. Are you involved in the selection or purchase of Body Armor?




           I purchase for my department
                                                        8.92%
           I purchase for myself          29.39%        (166)
                                          (547)
           I recommend                                       30.25%
                                                             (563)
           Not involved
                                               31.43%
                                               (585)




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             Section - Selection


             4. How Is Body Armor issued to officers at your department?



             80%
                          71.0%
             70%                                                                   Department Driven Product Selection

                                                                                   Individual Officer Chosen Product
             60%
                                                                                   No Purchase

             50%
% of Total




             40%


             30%                                                                                      Department Mandates
                                                                                   Officer chooses    Brand and Style
                                                                                   brand and style
             20%
                                                   10.1%
                                                                            7.7%                     5.1%
             10%
                                                                                                                            4.7%

             0%
                   All officers are issued   Officers must either   Only some units are     We use an allowance             Other
                         body armor           purchase our own         issued armor              program
                                             armor or not use it




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5. Comments in regard to question 4

11 Road Deputies have body armor and two do not at this time! (Henderson County Sheriff
Department)

13 deputies; 11 with vests and 2 not having vests. (HENDERSON CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

1st body armor Issued - Subsequent are purchased by officer (Chicago Police Dept.)

Agents are issued armor upon completion of the Special Agent course. (US Army Criminal
Investigation Command)

All full time officers are issued, but part-time officers must provide own (Bluffton Police
Department)

All merit officers are issued body armor, but jailer deputies have to buy their own (LaPorte
County Sheriffs Department)

All officers are provided with initial issue, most units were issued over 5 years ago. (Chicago
Police Department)

All officers wear body armor new officers are allowed to select the brand they want and
department replaces all officers vests every 5 years. (Cedarburg Police Department)

All road officers have armor assigned. Corrections personnel only get armor if their specific job
deals with the public (visitation, court services, transport teams). (Oakland County Sheriff's
Department)

All weapons carrying officers are issued body armor (Cook County Adult Probation)

Armor is issued to paid officers, non-paid officers are responsible for their own gear. (Bexar
County Constable's Ofc Pct4)

Armor issued on needed basis only (DOJ / Bureau of Prisons)

Ballistic Vests issued per vehicle ie. 2 officers = 2 vests - Not concealable vests. (Queensland
Police Service - Australia)

Dept has a voluntary program, if officers choose to participate the dept pays a % (Cambridge)

don't know (Wilmington Police Department)

Federal budget screwed me so I bought my own, not much but better than nothing! (US Dept. of
Commerce POLICE)

First body armor issued, then member purchases after that with uniform allowance (Chicago
Police)


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FOP Vest program-community members donate vest to local police agency (St Charles Sheriff's
office)

Frontline staff have access to body armor during armed incidents. (New Zealand Police)

Full time officers are issued armor. Reserve officers must acquire their own. (Oxford Mississippi
Police Department)

Full time officers are issued body armor. I am a reserve officer and we must purchase our own, all
though we are provided with an annual $500 clothing allowance, we still have to purchase
uniforms, weapons, etc out of that money. So most of us pay for half of our equipment out of our
own pocket. (We currently have 10 reserve officers.) (Decatur Police Department)

Full time officers are issued. Part timers & Auxiliary officers purchase their own (Colonial
Beach Police Department)

Half the officers presently have been issued body armor (Philadelphia county sheriff’s
department)

However, there is a new policy allowing Investigators to purchase their own. (DMV
Investigations)

If Officer requests it (Temple Police Department)

If the body armor is available it is issued to officers, if not then we do without. (Electra Police
Dept.)

inconsistent issue of body armor depending on service time at last issue period (new york city
police dept)

initial body armor is purchased by officer who is then reimbursed (powell county sheriffs office)

Issue has just begun, optional but at cost to the state, not the member (Victoria Police (Australia))

Issued if requested. (Lakeview PD TX1016600)

Issued to all officers, but officers can elect to sign a waiver and not be issued bady armor
(Medical College of Georgia Police Bureau)

It is issued however it is not mandatory to wear. (Winter Haven Police Department, FL.)

It is optional, but if issued, you are required to wear it. (Yuma County Adult Probation, Arizona)

It's Individual station decision, if officers decide to wear all officers must wear. (U.S. Dept. of
Veterans Affairs)

Level one officers given the option (Adams County Sheriff's Office)

Local merchants purchase some vests, if one is available in your size you are issued one. (Rio
Vista Police Department)


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just beginning my career (none)

Massachusetts deals with the Body Armor reimbursement program through the state. (Fall River
Police Department)

Members of SWAT purchased their own body armor (Lancaster Bureau of Police)

No have to purchase own if we want one (Coolville Marshals Office)

No, only some officers are issued vests. All other officers must purchase their own or go without
(Vests are expensive) (JBM Patrol)

No, We use an allowance program and vest choice is personal (MetroHealth Police Department)

Officers are afforded the opportunity to have armor issued (Maroa Police Department)

Officers are allowed to purchase own armor and are reimbursed up to $600.00 of cost.
(Minnesota State Patrol)

officers are issued level IIA or better by the dept every five yrs. or buy their own with partial
reimbursement by the city (noble police department)

Officers purchase own body armor or do not get hired (Balsam Lake Police Dept)

Officers where issued body armor till we grew and cost became issue (Clinton Twp PD)

ONE VEST AT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ALL OF US. NO ONE KNOWS HOW OLD IT IS.
THE DEPARTMENTS BUDGET IS ONE OF THE FIRST TO BE HIT WHEN CUTS ARE
PRESENT. (EMORY & HENRY CAMPUS POLICE DEPT.)

Only issued Flak Vest, specialized units are only issued body armor. (U.S. Air Force)

Only those civilian officers that ask for it and all military officers in the patrol division (NAVAL
WEAPONS STATION POLICE)

Only who want them issued (Conroe ISD Police)

Our local Police union buys body armor for all police officers. (New Iberia Police Department
(Louisiana))

Our vests are out dated (Perry Police)

Our Village gives us 1/2 the cost of the vest (South Barrington Police Department)

Patrol deputies are issued body armor. Reserves buy their own. Deputies assigned to the multi-
jurisdictional SWAT hold fundraisers to buy Level IV external armor. (Cherokee County Sheriffs
Office)

Patrol Officers, Court Security, Civil and detectives are issued, Corrections is not (Portage
County Sheriff's Office (Ohio))


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Patrol: issued/ option to buy own & reimbursed amount of state bid. SWAT: issued. (Zion PD)

Personal choice through department using federal / state grant money (Saddle Brook Police
Department)

Recruits are issued, but after it expires we must replace on own. (Chicago Police Department)

Rely on donations "Caring Hearts" (White Settlement ISD PD)

Reserve officers are not issued body armor. Individual purchase. (Conyers Police Dept.)

Some do not like the brand issued and purchase their own personal armor. (Arkansas Game &
Fish Commission)

State bid (granger police dept ( wa state))

Tactical teams and administrative segregation unit (Idaho department of correction)

The department supplies us with a lower quality vest, anything better must be purchased at our
own expense (Lincoln County Sheriff's Department)

This is a new administration. (Alamance County Sheriff's Office)

US military (us army)

We are given a $500 max allowance to purchase the state bid vest. You can upgrade, but you
have to pay the difference. (Deptford Twp PD (NJ))

We are in the process of getting at this time (Wyoming County Sheriff's Office)

We can either take the issue vest or use allowance to buy our own (Sonoma County Sheriffs
Department)

We issue body armor to all personnel, except that a few opted not to receive armor and signed a
waiver form indicating it was their choice not to receive armor (Franklin County Sheriff's Dept.)

We issue to new officers vest of their choice and replace all other vests every 5 years. (Cedarburg
Police Department)

We just started have in armor issued in October (Second Chance) (Sterling Heights Police
Department)

We purchase our own and get a $250 reimbursement. (kendall county sheriffs office)

We purchase our own. (Coweta PD)

We utilize federal grants when available (St. Johns Police Department)

We're allotted a $500.00 spending allowance. We are compensated up to $500.00 for the
purchase of our vest. SWAT Team just purchased new vests for all Tac Officers (Killeen Police
Department)

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With option to upgrade to other vest at personal expense (Springfield Police Dept.)

Yes it is offered, however they are not required to wear it unless in a specialized unit, swat, or in
a high-risk situation. (Winter Haven Police Dept.)

Yes, but replacement or upgrade is the individual officer's responsibility (Chicago Police
Department)

Yes, however, we issue used surplus equipment (Columbia College Police)

YES, if desired from approved vests (Joliet IL PD)

Yes, only full time deputies get free body armor (Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)




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6. Does your department have its own protocol for evaluating body
armor or does your department use the NIJ Standard?




          Department has our own
          evaluation protocol
          Our department uses no formal                   11.63%
          evaluation protocol             34.47%          (164)
          Our department uses NIJ         (486)
          Standard 4
          Our department uses NIJ
                                                              30.99%
          Standard 3
          Don't know                                          (437)
                                           7.23%
                                           (102) 15.67%
                                                 (221)




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7. Are you or is your department aware of the following programs:


              100%

              90%

              80%      Unaware
                                      Unaware
              70%       60.2%             63.3%           Unaware
                                                            76.9%
Respondents




              60%
 % of Total




              50%

              40%

              30%      Aware             Aware
              20%       39.8%             36.7%
                                                           Aware
              10%
                                                           23.1%
               0%
                       NIJ BVP   Federal 1122 Program   Both Programs




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Section - Your Armor


8. Are you required by your department to wear body armor while on
duty?




                       47.33% (673)


           Yes


           No                                         52.67% (749)




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9. What level of body armor protection does you or your department
wear?




           II                                  1.76% (25)
                                  2.25% (32)
           IIA

           III                                          32.30% (459)
                        28.43% (404)
           IIIA

           IIIA Plus

           Don't Wear
                           8.23% (117)
                                                 27.02% (384)




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    10. What brand of body armor do you currently wear?


    Market Share By Manufacturer

    Note: Numbers based on survey responses. Manufacturers with a disproportionate penetration of
    larger departments may be under-estimated.


                         100%
                         90%
(based on respondents)




                         80%
   % Market Share




                         70%
                         60%
                         50%
                                   36.7%
                         40%                  31.1%
                         30%
                         20%                              9.1% 8.5%
                         10%                                          4.2%                                           4.0%
                                                                             0.9% 0.7%   0.5%   0.3%   0.3%   3.7%
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             *Armor Holding:                                       ** Other (in order of market share): Pacific Safety,
                  • Safariland – 20.9%                             Force One, Top Line Body Armor, Armor Technology
                  • ABA – 15.4%                                    Corp, Progressive Technologies, PT Armor, Unicor
                  • Protech - .3%                                  Prison Industries; Guardian Technologies; Canadian
                                                                   Body Armor; Armour of America




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             11. What ballistic material is your vest made out of?


             100%

             90%

             80%

             70%
% of Total




             60%
                     51.1%
             50%

             40%
                                                                                                            30.8%
             30%

             20%                    13.7%

             10%                              4.0%         3.6%         2.1%        0.1%          2.9%
              0%
                     Kevlar     Spectra       Zylon       GoldFlex     Twaron      Dyneema        Other   Don't Know


                        * Other: Araflex, Aramid, Protera, Active Matrix, QuadraLink, Zyloflex,




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12. Is your body armor Multi-threat?




           Yes                                 19.48%
                                               (291)    18.61%
           No                                           (278)

           No, but my trauma plate is

           Don't Know                        26.24%
                                             (392)       35.68%
                                                         (533)




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13. Does you or your department buy an additional carrier at the time
of the initial purchase?




                                       7.82% (117)


           Yes

           No

                                                           52.21% (781)
           Don't Know
                         39.97% (598)




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             Section - Wearing Body Armor


             14. What percentage of time do you or do officers at your department
             wear body armor?


             100%

             90%

             80%

             70%

                        57.8%
% of Total




             60%

             50%

             40%

             30%
                                          23.0%
             20%
                                                           9.2%
             10%                                                            4.4%             4.0%            1.6%
              0%
                      All the time   More than 75% of   50-75% of the   25-50% of the   Less than 25% of    Not at All
                                         the time           time            time            the time


                          * Note: Does not include officer who do not own or are not provided body armor.




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15. What does you or your department do when the manufacturer
warrantee on your body armor expires?

See Appendix B for list of additional comments.




           Continue to wear
                                                   10.50%   0.06%
           Throw away
                                                   (169)    (1)
                                              10.12%
           Give to academy for issue
                                              (163)
           Return to Manufacturer
                                                                     58.57%
           Other                              20.75%                 (943)
                                              (334)




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                      16. How many times has body armor been responsible for saving the life
                      of one or more of your officers during the past 2 years (estimate,
                      including traffic accidents)?

                      Annual Estimated Law Enforcement Body Armor Saves Per Year = 23,154
                      (Estimated from survey responses)


                      Annual Average Number of Saves Per Year by Department Size:

                      4.5

                      4.0

                      3.5
Average Total Saves




                      3.0
     Per Year




                      2.5

                      2.0                                                                                     4.1


                      1.5

                      1.0                                                                       1.98
                                                                                       1.36
                      0.5
                                                        0.76            0.63
                               0.46          0.48
                      0.0
                            Less than 25     25-49      50-99         100-249        250-499   500-999   More than 1000


                                                     Department Size (Number of Officers)




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Section - Results and Important Information


17. We would like to make sure that your department gets valuable
information on purchasing body armor. Please enter the email address
for your department or purchaser (optional):

(Results not included – For internal use only)




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18. Would you like to be included on an email list to receive important
information on Body Armor (new product notifications, testing
protocols), including the results of this survey? If yes, enter your email
address (optional):

(Results not included – For internal use only)




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Appendix B – Other Responses

What does you or your department do when the manufacturer warrantee on your body
armor expires?

Academy firearm staff tests the ballistics by shooting them, with different weapons and
ammunition. (Metro Nashville ,TN. Police)

ALLOW OFFICERS TO RETAIN (WATAUGA DEPART OF PUBLIC SAFETY)

Armor replaced every 5 years, do not know what they do with the old (Portage County Sheriff's
Office (Ohio))

At five-year mark vest is checked/evaluated by department. If it is still serviceable you kept using
it. (Chesterfield County Police)

Attempt to get new ones-sometimes denied (Dearborn Police Department)

Back up vest (Sullivan City Police)

Ballistic Tests (Wanaque Police Department)

Becomes individual officer's property. (Norfolk Police Division)

Body armor is replaced every 5 years. (Griffin PD)

buy a new one (DMV Investigations)

buy a new vest (Catawba County Sheriff's Department)

Buy back program from outside source. (Washington State Dept. Of Corrections)

buy new armor every five years (o'fallon police)

buy new vest, after 5 years of use (san francisco institutional police department)

City buys new every 5 yrs (Mason City Police)

continue to wear until new armor arrives (Christian County Sheriff's Department)

continue to wear until I can afford a new one. something better than nothing (Seguin Police Dept.
Seguin Tx.)

CONTINUE WEAR OR HAND IT DOWN TO THE RESERVES (RHEA COUNTY
SHERIFF'S DEPT.)

Demonstration purposes at range (Middleton Police Department)

Department replaces them (Lawrence Police Department)



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Department buy's new ones and we give our's to other officers from other departments around us
that have to buy there own. (Brooklyn P.D.)

Department loses track and is slow to replace (Albany NY Police Dept.)

Department was created in 2001/not an issue yet (Duval County School Police)

Depends on the individual; some throw away and others donate (Maplewood Police Dept.)

Destroy or use in firearms training (Marion Police Department)

Destroy the vest/panels, so that non law enforcement cant get a hold of it. This also keeps it out
of the hands of officers, who think that it's safe unknowingly (UT Arlington PD)

Destroy-trying to talk the chief into third world partnership program (noble police department)

Destruction (Johnson City Police Department)

DISPOSE AND ISSUE NEW ARMOUR (MPD)

Do what we wish with it - ie give it to someone who may need it but can't afford it (Dover
Township Police Dep’t.)

Does not apply...they do not issue body armor (Kansas State Gaming Agency)

Don't know (Florida Highway Patrol)

Don't Know (CNRSW Force Protection)

Don't know (138 Security Forces Squadron)

Don't know (East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

Don't know (Fairmont, Minnesota Police Department)

Don't know (Tennessee Highway Patrol/CID)

Don't Know (Smithville Police Department)

Don't know (Cleveland Police Department)

Don't know (Pierce County Sheriff Department)

Don't know (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center P.D.)

DON'T KNOW (SOUTHWEST TN POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Don't Know (Topsham Police Department)

Don't know (Hopkinsville Police Department)


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Don't know for sure (Adams County Sheriff's Office)

Don't know what the warranty is. Above is a guess. (Ontario Provincial Police Armstrong
Detachment)

Don't know, first time dept. bought them was 3 years ago. won't expire for 2 more years
(Pataskala Division of Police)

Don't know. We haven't had vests long enough for this to come up. (Illinois Central College
Department of Public Safety)

Don't wear on a regular basis (Thiel College Campus Police Department)

DON’T KNOW (JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE)

Donate (South Barrington Police Department)

DONATE FOR TRAINING FOR THE NEXT ACADEMY CLASS (NASA)

Donate some to other agencies (TVA Police)

Donate to agencies in need (mt vernon police department)

Donate to Constable Association (Bells Police Department)

Donate to dept. that do not issue armor to officers. (logan township)

Donate to foreign police agencies. (Lowell Police Dept.)

Donate to local fire department for the Paramedics (Goshen Police Department)

Donate to other agencies (Stillwater PD)

Donate to other countries (Waukesha County Sheriff Department)

Donate to other departments (Arvada Police Department)

Donate to other officers who do not have them available (Hughesville Police Dept)

Donate to small agencies or foreign countries (Bedford Police)

Donate to the New York State Guard and purchase new armor (Buffalo Housing Police)

Donated to departments w/out any armor (Evansville Police)

Don’t know (Williamson County Sheriff)

Don’t know (polismyndigheten vasterbotten,sweden)

Don’t know (Wells County Sheriff's Dept.)


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Don’t know (Saskatoon Police Service)

Don’t know (Holton P.D. Holton Ks)

Don’t know (Melbourne police dept, Florida)

Don’t know (Federal Protective Service)

Don’t know, just got them (Philadelphia county sheriff’s department)

Drop off at firearms unit for testing (Jersey City Police Dep’t.)

Each officer disposes of their own body armor (Palmyra Police Department)

Each officer owns his/her vest and decides (Egg Harbor Township Police)

Evaluate (MSU-Bozeman Police Department)

Firing range demonstrations (INS (Gang Unit))

Get a new vest and keep old vest (San Francisco Police Dept.)

Get exchange allowance for new vest (Miami Police Dept)

Get issued a new vest (San Francisco Police Department)

Get new ones, and the officer gets to keep the old one (Joliet Illinois Police Department)

Give away-use as extras-other such as door panels etc.. (Crowley County Sheriff's Office)

Give them to auxiliary officers. (Lebanon Police Department)

Give them to smaller agencies (meridian police)

Give to civilian support personnel, if they want to use it (Willmar Police Dept)

Give to Department who cant afford to buy for officers (Jeffersonville Police Dept)

Give to EMS (New Kensington police Department)

Give to EMS and Fire personnel (Wichita Police Dept.)

Give to foreign police (Transportation Security Administration)

Give to officers in reserve unit who are not issued armor. (Alamo Heights (TX) Police Dept.)

Give to other agencies for use (Muscatine County (Iowa) Sheriff's Dept.)

Give to other agency (Boone County Sheriff's Dept)

GIVE TO OTHER DEPARTMENTS (HOPKINSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT)

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Give to other departments that can't afford body armor (Chandler)

GIVE TO RESERVE DEPUTIES THAT DON'T PURCHASE THEIR OWN (Custer County
Sheriff's Office)

give to reserve officers (Minot Police Department)

Give to smaller departments (Aiken Department Public Safety)

Give to the Range for their usage during qualifications (US Coast Guard ISC Ketchikan)

Give to training division for less lethal ammo training (Tampa Police Department)

Give to another agency (Federal Protective Service)

Goes into our lockers or the excess locker for reserves to use (Gahanna Police Department)

hand them down to reserves (WOODLAND POLICE)

has not expired yet, but most likely donate (Corporate Source Special Police)

Has not run out yet since the program's inception (Canaan Police Department)

Has not run out yet, but I don't know what I will do with it. (Rochester Armored Car Co., Inc.)

Hasn't expired yet/time will tell (North Attleboro, Ma. PD)

have it re-certified or disposed of (City of Chicago Department of Police)

Have not addressed (DNR Enforcement)

Haven't been there yet. Just started last year. (Roseville Police Department, Roseville Michigan)

Haven't worked there long enough, but we still have the old stuff in storage (U.S. Customs
Service)

held for training on range (Northbrook police dept.)

Hold on to as a back-up vest. (Animal Rescue League of Boston)

Hold on to them. (Coweta PD)

I do not know a set policy, I still have three old ones from years ago (Asheville NC Police)

I don't know (NYPD)

I don't know (Dedham Police Department)

I don't know (Denham Springs, LA PD)


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I don't know (Tarrant County College PD)

I don't know, ours haven't expired yet. Just got them a couple of years ago. (Pataskala Division of
Police)

I exchange it at our logistics (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

I hold on to it because I don't know what else to do. Don't want to throw it out, it may end up in
the wrong hands. (Chicago Police Department)

I Keep it for personal testing (Sterling Heights Police Department)

I purchase my New Vest with my own Funds (Callaway County Sheriff's Department)

I purchase new armour and retain old armour (Chicago Police)

I save it as a backup (San Francisco Police Dept.)

I use mine for a car seat cover (Allen County Police DEpartment)

I will Keep it for a Tactical vest in a new carrier (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

I'm really not sure, I have only been with the department for 2 years or so. (Decatur Police
Department)

If a new one gets issued, we may donate, have thought about making own ballistic blanket for
SWAT, shoot with various weapons during SWAT practice (Lancaster City Bureau of Police)

if it is salvagable they will fix/repair and use for training. officer gets a new vest every 5 yrs.
(redlands pd)

In the past we have had the manufacturer refurbish equipment (USMC)

Individual Deputy keeps the armor (Dooly County Sheriff's Office)

individual officers are suppose to dispose of (Town of Lancaster)

Individual officers retain expired body armor (U.S. Marshals Service)

Involved in Sister City Program (I believe) (Denton PD)

issue new equipment use old to test ammunition among other (memphis police department)

Issue to FD or EMS (Round Rock Police Department)

issue to reserve officers (Collegedale, TN Police)

Issue to reserves until more armor can be ordered for them (Scotts Hill Police Department)

issued new, not sure what happens to old (Austin PD)


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KEEP AND USE OFF DUTY OR AS EXTRA (colby police dept.)

keep as a back up vest after new issue (Celina (OH) Police Department)

Keep as back ups, but replace. (Tega Cay Police Dept.)

Keep as backup vests (Richmond Police Department)

Keep as spare (Lake Delton Police Dept.)

Keep at home. (City of Waterbury)

Keep available to issue to reserve officers (Scarborough PD)

Keep for a spare if needed (Lake Delton Police Department)

Keep for Auxiliary Officers (Canton Police Department)

keep for backup (Steelton Borough PD)

keep for training (lincoln pd)

Keep for training , evaluation and emergency replacement of existing armor. (Mt. Lebanon Police
Department)

Keep for use by reserve officers (South Lake Minnetonka Police Dept.)

Keep in storage (Pflugerville Police Department)

keep in storage (Richmond Police Dept, Richmond, ky)

keep it and possibly sell it to someone in security (aurora police dept)

Keep it for personal use, put in trunk of personal car etc. (Kansas City Kansas Police)

Keep it on hand in the house (Phoenix Police)

keep old vests and issue new vests to officers (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

Keep them for training with simunition to let college's learn what it is to work with an ballistic
vest (police of Bruges/Belgium)

Keep, first issue to new officers until their vest arrives (Baldwin County Sheriff's Office)

kept by officer or thrown away (raleigh,nc police department)

Kept by officer, used for ballistic evaluation at range, etc. (Zion PD)

leave lying around the locker room, some goes to SRT team for TEMS (Northampton Township
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Left in the officers possession. (Beachwood Police Department)

let police explorers use them (Signal Mountain Police)

Manufacturer warrantees for three years - We use for five years (Columbia Falls Police
Department)

Mine is a second chance vest that is a 04/2000 issue date. Or used prior to me. (Weld County
Explorer Post #459)

most of our armor was donated to us after it expired with others (Kansas Dept. of Corrections)

My agency doesn't care! (US Dept. of Commerce POLICE)

My current vest is about 10 years old. (East Ridge Police Department)

My vest has not expired yet (Elmwood Park)

n/a (IPD Explorer Post)

N/A (Columbia College Police)

n/a (none)

n/a (NNSA Office of Secure Transportation)

N/A (West Virginia State Capitol Police)

N/A (United States Pretrial Services)

na (woodbury county sheriff's reserve)

NA (Florida Lottery)

New body armor is issued every 5 years. Old body armor is retained by the officer or donated to
our "vested for life" program which donates body armor to smaller departments who may not be
able to afford it. (Tulsa Police Dept.)

New body armour has been sourced to replace old as it expires. (New Zealand Police)

NEW VEST IS ISSUED (West Memphis Police)

New vests are issued every 5 yrs, old one go to Specials unit or kept as secondary (Medina PD)

New Vests are purchased usually a year or sp after the expiration date. Then the old vest may be
issued to the Sheriff's Reserve program. (Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office)

No formal procedure for disposition (Alamance County Sheriff's Office)

Not Decided! Have not had vests long enough. (Christian County Aux. Police)


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not issued (Kansas State Gaming Agency)

not known (tarrant county sheriff's office)

not sure (Hoover, Al. Police Department)

not sure (Peoria County S.D.)

not sure (Town of Cheektowaga PD)

not sure (tampa police)

not sure (Pasco County Sheriff's OFfice)

Not sure (Dallas Police Department)

Not Sure (Carrboro Police Department)

Not sure (Tarrant County College Police Department)

not sure (tampa police)

Not Sure (Fort Lauderale Police Department)

NOT SURE (CHATTTANOOGA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Not sure (Toledo Metroparks)

NOT SURE, ONCE IT HAS EXPIRED WE GET NEW ONES (FT.OGLETHORPE POLICE
DEPARTMENT)

not sure. (Oakland County Sheriff's Department)

Officer disposes of vest (Joliet IL PD)

officer keeps it and it is replaced (Dept. of Veterans Affairs Police Dept.)

officer retains or disposes of it. (BNSF Railway Police)

Officers choice (Newport Police Dept. (TN))

OFFICERS KEEP IT AS A BACK UP (SHEBOYGAN COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT.)

Officers keep their body armor (Middletown Township Police Department)

or issue to Special Deputies. (Henderson County Sheriff Department)

or replace (Spencer Police Dept.)

order new and keep old vests (Dumas Police Department)


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Order new vest, dispose of old vest when new vest arrives (City of Albany police Department)

Pass on down to our reserve unit (Saint Peter Police Department)

pass on to auxiliary police unit (Granite City Police Dept)

Pass on to other officers (victoria county sheriff's office)

passes on to less funded departments (Chandler PD)

place in door panels (SOMERS POINT)

place in loading barrel (University of California, Berkeley PD)

Placed into a reserve pool for part time/reserve officers (Scotts Hill Police Department)

provide to auxiliary officers (Tusculum Police department)

Provide to reserve police officers (Astoria PD)

Purchase a new and keep for a spare (Allegheny County Police Department)

purchase new one (Portage County Sheriff's Office)

Purchase new vests for the department (Madisonville Police Dept.)

PURCHASE NEW, USE OLD ARMOR FOR NEWLY HIRED OFFICERS UNTIL THEY ARE
ISSUED NEW. (US DEPT. OF DEFENSE POLICE)

Put it in my personal car for emergency use (Crested Butte Marshal's Department)

put on shelf and keep (Union county Sheriff's Office)

put panels in tactical vests for additional protection (Mt. Crested Butte PD)

reconditioned (Chicago Police Dept.)

replace (LeRoy Police Department)

replace (Pottsville Bureau of Police)

replace and allow officers to keep the old ones (Morganfield Police Department)

replace ever 4 1/2 years (southfield police)

Replace with new vest / most keep old vests in truck as a spare (Salt Lake Co. Sheriff's Office)

replace, and keep the old one as an extra (Montrose PD)

Replaced with officers option to keep(usually wear for off-duty) (Cleveland Police Dept,Ohio)


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Replacement vests are issued every 5 years. (Norton Police Dept.)

Reserve Officers and training (Wasilla Police Department (AK))

Retain the old body armor (Wall Township Police Department)

Retained by officer or turned in to department. (Cynthiana Police Department)

RETIRE IT AND PURCHASE NEW ONE (BULLOCH COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.)

retun to supply (Mesa PD)

Return most of them I keep one for firearms training (Bluffton Police Dept.)

Return to Admin - Unsure where it goes from there (North Palm Beach Dept of Public Safety)

Return to Agency, unsure after that (Broward County Sheriff's Office)

RETURN TO DEPT. AND RECEIVE NEW ARMOR (boise police department)

Return to factory for up date. (Indianapolis Airport Police)

RETURN TO PROPERTY OR USE FOR PERSONAL USE (LONG BEACH POLICE DEPT.)

return to quartermaster (Indiana State Police)

Return to quartermaster to be fitted for replacement body armor. (Dallas Police Dept., Texas)

return to supply for a new vest (ocso)

return to supply, some are kept for loaners, most are disposed of by rtn to manuf. (Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office)

return to the person in charge of issuing supplies. (Winter Haven Police Dept.)

Reuse as secondary vest in tactical carrier - occasional use over duty vest (Rogers County
Sheriff's Department)

save and re issue new (Lake Villa Police Dept.)

save for internal purposes (Lincoln police dept)

save for use in vehicles (Kodiak Police Department)

Sell as surplus/purchase new armor (Lake Ozark Police Department)

Send to England as part of an exchange program (Village of Bartlett Police Department)

Send to England for officers exchange program (Village of Bartlett police Department)

Send to third world Police Dept. (Denver Police Dept.)

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Sent to Internal Affairs (Oklahoma Dept of Corrections-William Key Correctional Center)

shoot it up on the range (Cedarburg Police Dept)

shoot them up in training (Cedarburg Police Department)

shooting demo, line the SRT van (Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office)

Sign Over to Smaller Police Departments for use. (Defense Protective Service)

simunitions vests (clare county sheriffs office)

sit around collecting dust (Bryan Police Department)

sold before expired (Parkston Police Department)

Some go to training, some are kept by deputies, some donated to Mexico (San Diego Sheriff's
Department)

some times we test them on the range (lincoln hts)

Some use in off-duty carriers to carry off-duty (Marshall Co. Sheriff Dept)

STOCK PILE USUALLY FOR RESERVE OFFICERS (MARYVILLE POLICE
DEPARTMENT)

stockpile's it in their warehouse (Cook County Adult Probation)

storage/shoot at the range for ballistic demos (Santa Cruz Police Department)

store & give a new officer on road and his armor is not in yet (Jasper PD)

store at department as emergency replacement (Whitehall Twp. Police)

Store away for possible use in door panels, or back up for detectives which they store in their
trunks. (Rock Falls Police)

store for training purposes (Henry Co Sheriffs Dept / Detention Center)

store in storage shed (Jackson Rancheria Tribal Police Dept.)

Store it in the Supply Shed (Downey Police)

surplus it to other departments (Utah Department of Adult Probation and Parole)

SWAT shoots them up with .223 and .308 rounds and then we throw them away (Farmers Branch
Police Dept.)

take out of service at earliest opportunity (La Porte Police Dept.)


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Take to Firearms Range and test for penetration (Morgan County Sheriff Department, Indiana)

Test (Sonoma County Sheriffs Department)

test on range (lINCOLN pOLICE dEPARTMENT)

test on targets during firearms training (North Plains Police Dept.)

The city buys new vests every 5 yrs (Cambridge Police Dept.)

The vests are sent to departments, that cannot afford vests (Sierra Vista Police Department)

There is a website through the FOP that asks for used body armor to send overseas. (Evansville
Indiana Police Department)

they are in a pile in the supply room (borger pd)

THEY ARE TURNED IN (LOWNDES COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

They belong to the officers, some pass them to reserves (Crawford County Sheriff's Office)

THEY THROW IT IN THE EQUIPMENT CLOSET WHERE IT ROTS (NETHER
PROVIDENCE POLICE)

They won't buy us body armor (Penn State University)

this is a recommended procedure (Ohio State Highway Patrol)

this is our first time at having them issued and are ready to order new ones as the current ones
have expired (Litchfield Police Department)

Trade in on new body armor (Alma Department of Public Safety)

Trade to rifle company for Kevlar stocks (Titusville Police Department)

training, ammunition testing (Albany NY Police Department)

Turn in for use in PD (Car door panels, ballistic blanket, etc.) (Ephrata Police Department)

Turn in Property and purchase another one for departmental reimbursement (Miami Police
Department)

turn in to department, unknown disposition (Longmont Police Department)

Turn in to dept. and receive new body armor. (Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office)

turn it in if required or keep it if not (Fostoria Police Dept)

Turn the armor into the person in charge of uniforms/supplies. (Winter Haven Police Department,
FL.)


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Under contract the City will buy us new armor (Hagerstown Police Dept.)

Unknown (Dolton Police Department)

Unknown (Jefferson County S.O.)

unknown (U.S. Air Force)

unknown (Greenfield Police Department)

unknown (dallas county police)

unknown (St Louis Metropolitain Police Department)

unknown (Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)

unknown (grove hill police dept)

unknown (Electra Police Dept.)

unknown (Federal Protective Service)

unknown (Whatcom County Sheriff's Office)

unknown (Oakland County Sheriff's Department)

unknown but they give us new ones (Skiatook)

unknown, New vest issued every 5 years (Springfield Police Dept.)

unkown some of the vests have a 15 yr. warranty (Comal County Sheriff Office)

Unsure (South Beloit Police Department)

unsure (Hollywood Police Department)

unsure (Germantown, TN Police Department)

UNSURE (ISLE OF PALMS POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Unsure. We were just issued body armor for the first time in Sept. 2002 (Yuma County Adult
Probation, Arizona)

until I can afford to buy another one (Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)

until new is purchased, after this I don't know (Tipton County Sheriff's Dept)

Until new vest is issued or purchased. (Irvine Police Department)

Up to individual. Some send to officers in poorer countries. (Lowell Police Dept.)


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use as backup vest (Schuylkill Haven Police Dept.)

use as targets / target backers on the range (Myrtle Point (OR) Police Department)

use as vehicle panels (Kodiak Police Department)

use at range for training purposes (Roseland Police Department)

Use at the firing range for tactical shoots. (New Iberia Police Department (Louisiana))

Use for ballistic testing or as secondary/backup for hi-risk evac (Riverside (CA) PD)

USE FOR EMERGENCY SPARES AND IN-HOUSE TRAINING (Dyersburg Police
Department)

use for extra protection in our raid vest (Greene County Sheriff's dept)

Use for newly hired officers until their new vest comes in. (Roswell Police Department)

Use for Physical Agility test. (Henrico County Division of Police)

use for range practice (Truckee Meadows Community College Police Dept.)

Use for recruits while in academy for training (Fieldsboro Police Department)

use for ride alongs (Albany Police Dept)

Use for shooting demos (Topeka Police Department)

use for training (Valdosta PD)

USE FOR TRAINING PURPOSES ( FIREARMS, ETC.) (DUNCAN POLICE DEPT)

Use for training such as simunition (York County Sheriff)

Use for training: Obstacle Course, force on force drills, etc... (Fermi II Nuclear Power Station)

Use in less lethal training (bartow police department)

Use in reliability tests (Killeen Police Dept)

Use in Tactical Carrier for extra protection (Waushara County Sheriff's Department)

use in training (Cedarburg Police Department)

use in training situation in own department (Brasschaat PZ 5352 (Belgium))

Use it for test purposes (City of Montgomery (OH) Police Department)

Use on the range, we might start putting them in our squad doors. (Mpls/ St. Paul Airport Police
Department)

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Use state disposal procedure (Department of Public Safety)

use to evaluate ammunition and for range drills (Millersburg Police Dept.)

Used as a 2nd vest for those of us on the Special Operations Team since heavier armor is not
provided. (DeKalb County Sherrif's Police)

Used for ballistic panels at front desk area (Sarasota Police department)

USER Retains (US Marshals Service)

usually taken to the range and shot-then disposed of (City of Wayne Police)

utilized for special training/demos (Titusville Police Department)

varies (Rockville Police Department)

Vest would be turn in (DeLand Police Department)

Vests are replaced every 5 years. The officer can keep his old vest or donate it to smaller
departments in our "Vested for Life" program. (Tulsa PD)

Was the practice to hand down to Reserve officers (West Burlington Police Department)

We also attempt to purchase new armor as soon as funds are available (Somerset Police Dept.)

we are allowed to keep old armor (North Myrtle Beach DPS)

we are free to do what we want with them, they are ours. (kendall county sheriffs office)

We are just now approaching that time - no plans have been made. (Flower Mound Fire
Department)

we are just now to that point........made no decisions (Gamaliel Police Dept.)

We buy our own so we hold on to it! (Mercyhurst College Police and Safety)

We cycle through an 8 year replacement (Seattle Police Department)

We do not currently have a policy for disposal (TMCC Police Department)

We donated to agencies that had no armor with the understanding of what they were getting!
(Franklin County Sheriff's Dept.)

We get issued new vest and are allowed to keep old one, keep in gear bag just incase a situation
comes up to use it for extra ballistic protection. (Denver Police Department)

We get new vests - unsure what happens to the old ones (North Palm Beach Dept. of Public
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we get new vests every five years (Boise Police Dept.)

We have a ten year replacement schedule (Hampton Police)

we have a very slow process for replacing expired vests, but eventually they are replaced and the
old ones are used for recruits and varioustests on the range etc... (milwaukee police dept.)

We have an 8 year replacement timeline. They are then tossed in the bottom of the locker and
forgotten. (Seattle Police Department)

We have given the used ones to a foreign country (South Barrington Police Department)

We have to buy new vests with our own money (Chicago Police Department)

We keep expired vests for our SRT Team (Sheridan Police Department)

we keep some (IRS, Criminal Investigation)

we keep the old armor (Fort Wayne Police Department)

We save some of the old vests for temporary issue, the rest we use at the range for demonstration
purposes. (University of California San Francisco Police Department)

we use them in training programs then destruct them (special security services division)

We've done a multitude of things from disposal, return to manufacturer, and even used at our
range to cover mannequins for simunition training. (Baltimore County Police Department)

Wear 1 to 2 years past warranty and store in range as extras (Santa Cruz Police Department)




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