Our armor plates greatly increase your chances of survival when on critical missions. We offer steel armor plates available in many sizes, colors and levels of protection. Contrary to common belief the most prevalent threat a correctional officer is likely to face is from a knife or ice pick. Two types of stab resistant levels have been established by the National Institute for Justice (NIJ). One category of body armor plate protection is designated as the “edged blade class” stops engineered or high-quality blades, for example kitchen knives or those purchased at sporting goods stores. The second category of steel armor plates, the “spike” class, stops the kinds of improvised weapons commonly found in correctional facilities, typically of lower quality materials which may have been sharpened on concrete or other rough surfaces.
Body Armor Plates
Lightweight body armor plates have widely been obtainable for use by law enforcement personnel for a lot more than 25 years. Steel Armor Plates save more than 1,200 law enforcement officers lives each year wearing their bullet proof vests. This includes lives saved as well as serious injuries prevented. Armor plates offers a tradeoff between comfort and safety. The more comfortable the body armor plate, the less ballistic protection it offers. Our body armor plates are NIJ certified and offers a number of flexibilities to the wearer. First our steel armor plates are available in various levels of protection to accommodate the range of ballistic threats facing wearers. Secondly, armor plates can be worn as a concealable undergarment incorporating into a uniform, vest, coat, or other type of outer-garment. Thirdly, ballistic panels can be removed from the carrier so the carrier can be thrown into the washing machine.
The first step in selecting the appropriate protection level of body armor plates is to establish the level of protection that users need based on the realistic weapon threat they face. Body armor plates selection is to some extent a tradeoff between ballistic protection and wearability. The weight and bulk of steel body armor are generally proportional to the level of ballistic protection it provides; therefore, comfort decreases as the protection level increases. Agencies should ensure that each officer knows and understands the protection that bullet proof vests afford, as well as their limitations.
Steel Armor Plates
Interestingly, when a handgun bullet strikes steel armor plates, it is caught in a “web” of extremely powerful fibers. These fibers absorb and disperse the impact energy that is transmitted to the armor plate from the bullet, causing the bullet to deform, or “mushroom.” Additional energy is absorbed by every successive layer of material in the body armor plate, until such time as the bullet has been stopped. Due to the fact the fibers work together both inside the individual layer and with other layers of material inside the bullet proof vests, a huge area of the garment becomes involved in preventing the bullet from penetrating. This also assists in dissipating the forces that may cause non-penetrating injuries (what's generally referred to as “blunt trauma”) to internal organs.
To date, body armor plates has not been recognized to fail to prevent the penetration of a bullet constituting a threat equal to or less than the protection rating of the armor. Even though 100-percent protection in all circumstances is impossible, the routine use of proper bullet proof body armor substantially reduces the likelihood of fatal injury.