Dear PoliceOne Member,
In this PoliceOne Special Report, we look at new developments in ballistic protection products. In a roundtable discussion, I talk with four industry experts about what’s new in body armor five years after the release of the NIJ .06 body armor standard.
Lindsey Bertomen writes about the continuing trend in which products are becoming better, more protective, and lighter. Tim Dees examines the future of personal protection equipment, particularly the work of some German materials scientists who have produced a structure composed of calcite and a protein called silicatein-ά (pronounced "sill-leh-KATE-tee-in alfa").
Finally, I visit with the folks behind Vest For Life, an excellent program through which officers can donate "expired" body armor to cops who need it, or receive donated body armor if you cannot afford your own.
— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief