Cause for concern? PoliceOne addresses current media coverage regarding Zylon ballistic vests
Nearly two years ago, PoliceOne began sharing reports of troubling safety issues related to the use of Zylon in ballistic vests. Zylon has since become a critical safety issue, creating significant concern among officers. Recognizing that no single resource existed for information on this highly complex issue, PoliceOne created a section dedicated to Zylon and its use in ballistic vests (www.policeone.com/zylon). Throughout the span of PoliceOne’s coverage, several studies released called into question the durability of Zylon.
This week, these issues are again in the news. Second Chance issued a press release recommending that officers replace any Second Chance vest containing Zylon, including their Tri-Flex, Ultima and Ultima with Performance Pac models. The release could be perceived to be implying that officers should replace any vest containing Zylon regardless of the manufacturer. The national media, including CNN and the Associated Press, have picked up the release, creating concern and potential confusion.
In light of these recent reports, we would like address the following issues. If you are an officer wearing a vest containing Zylon, it is important that you be aware of the following points: