Recently, the National Institute of Justice published a report that indicated only 1/3 of all criminal justice agencies require their officers to wear bullet proof vests while on duty. Many police officers, security guards and other men and women who put themselves in the line of fire are not required to wear them unless they are on high danger tactical forces. The problem is that a routine traffic stop, DUI checkpoints, the serving of a warrant, extra jobs at the bowling alley or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time can make you a target of gunfire by the sheer nature of your outer uniform. Seasoned officers admit that you never know when a routine domestic situation or un-alarming call will turn deadly and that what you wear beneath your blues, both heart and body armor, are the two fragile components that can allow you to keep your own life in tact.
There is a good chance that your agency provides you will bulletproof vests. Before wearing your vest it is vital that you are fitted properly, rather than just ordered a size based on an approximate measurement. Gaps in the bullet proof vest can leave an opening for a stray bullet and can cause you to feel cumbersome when moving around. When a bullet proof vest fits properly, it will lie like second skin against your body and you will be able to easily adjust to the weight after you become accustomed to it. Additionally, after five or so years your vest may be outdated and the Kevlar threads can become weakened. It should be replaced. Other indications that call for a vest replacement are if you have lost or gained weight recently which has altered the size of your normal clothes. If your vest has ever been involved in a shooting or piercing incident, the vest should be deemed unusable and replacement purchased.
The bullet proof vests are not only affordable but come in a wide range of gauges to give you just the right amount of protection for your job. They also have a full and expanse line of tactical gear as trauma plates and other gear designed to give you protection in a high fire power situation so that you can walk away with your life. The professionals that make body armor gear have worked extensively with Hagor Industries and the Israeli Defense Forces ensuring that their products will hold up to he most aggressive of stand offs. They can provide an entire force or team of security officers with the gear they need to remain safe as well as sell updated equipment to an officer that wants to protect himself. From a long line of bullet proof vests, body armor, bullet proof bags and even stop spikes, everything an officer needs to gain the upper hand is offered at reasonable costs with the highest level of safety and security in mind.