Bulletproof barriers have become more common in police stations due to a spike in ambush attacks on law enforcement

Fewer Armed Officers, Heavier Police Station Protection

Police Safety

According to the FBI, roughly one-third of our nation’s 1.1 million local law enforcement offices are non-sworn staff. These are records clerks and desk staff, radio dispatchers, correctional officers, jailers, and so on. Non-sworn staff usually don’t carry sidearms or have arrest power. Nonetheless, they face much of the same on-the-job abuse as sworn officers. Local police forces are increasingly reliant on …


police stations around the country consider how to protect staff and civilians after increase ambush-style attacks on police

The Increasing Need to Protect Police Stations from Active Shooters

Police Safety

The public is conditioned to assume that police stations are safe from active shooter events and other threats. This can lead to lawmakers underinvesting in improvements to police station security. Recent data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) found a sharp uptick in ambush-style attacks targeting law enforcement in 2016. Just within the last year there’ve been drive-by and sniper …


National Blue Alert System Adoption Slowed By Lack of Funding

Police Safety

In 2016, firearms related-incidents claimed the lives of 64 police officers — a significant spike from the previous year. In fact, they were the leading cause of death in 2016 for law enforcement officers.  Typically, we hear about officers who are missing, injured or killed on the news and over social media, after the fact. However, the National Blue Alert System …


Repairable transparent bulletproof armor

Scientists Unveil Repairable Transparent Bulletproof Armor

Industry News, Police Safety

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) continues to make remarkable breakthroughs in the development of bulletproof armor. This new transparent thermoplastic elastomer armor is actually a soft, rubber-like material. It is significantly lighter and maintains its clarity after being fired at better than traditional bulletproof glass without compromising its ballistic qualities. The most significant aspect of the discovery, however, is …


Today’s Police Body Armor: Overt, Lighter, Smaller.

Police Safety

As domestic threats continue to increase, so does the need for better protection for law enforcement officers (LEOS). While many advances have been made since the first bullet-resistant vests were developed, it should be noted that the vests worn by most patrol officers or regular duty officers do not stop every type of bullet, nor is any vest entirely bulletproof.