Police in Menands are wearing new bulletproof vests as part of a pilot program. They’re designed to reduce lower back pain for the officers wearing them.
Police gave the public a look at the vests during a press event Thursday.
The vests have straps and compartments able to carry bulky and heavy police gear, allowing officers to more evenly distribute the weight they’d normally be carrying on their belts. They cost about $1,000.
The pilot program is sponsored by the village’s workers compensation provider, the Public Employer Risk Management Association, or PERMA. PERMA decided to create the program after a review of all police claims. On average, they say lower back injuries cost roughly $84,000 in lost time per claim.
Spectrum News spoke with an officer who has been wearing the new vest for two weeks, and he says he is quite satisfied with the change. Read more
Detective Sgt. David Winchester of the Bucksport Police Department was talking about his experience with his ballistic resistant vest and said within 5 minutes of starting his shift, he was soaked. The vest makes him sweat unbelievably, referring to his Type IIIA U.S. Armor Ballistic Vest. He also stressed that if anyone thinks this is bad, try working in 90-degree weather, dressed in black and walking around with this vest on.
Even though bullet proof vests prevent bullets from entering, they also prevent sweat from escaping. During the course of their day, the sweat and hard work take its toll on the panels of the Kevlar mesh inside the vests. Over time, the mesh starts pulling away, making these vest unsafe and cannot be trusted. Read more
Sept. 15 (UPI) — General Dynamics Land Systems U.K. has begun manned live-fire trials for its AJAX armored vehicle program, using the vehicle’s CTA International 40mm autocannon, chain gun and smoke grenade launchers.
The trials will last five months beginning with static firing positions against immobile point targets and gradually progress to a moving vehicle engaging moving targets. The testing will occur in West Wales, Great Britain.
“The start of the CT40 cannon manned industry firing phase is a significant milestone in the AJAX programme,” Kevin Connell, vice president of General Dynamics Land System U.K., said.
“This cutting-edge capability that enables AJAX to pack a significant punch, alongside its wide-range of best-in-class sensors that makes it an Information Age platform, ensures that the British Army has everything they need to do their job effectively,” Connell said. Read more
The same day the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announced it had enough funding to purchase a Sno-Cat rescue vehicle, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will allow the office to buy an armored tactical vehicle, known as a BearCat.
The executive order signed Monday would once again allow local and state police agencies to acquire surplus military gear. The order rolls back a 2015 policy under the Obama administration, which severely limited the program after public outcry on how the equipment was used by police during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that those restrictions went too far. He said the new approach will boost public safety. Read more
With Hurricane Irma threatening South Florida, Martin and St. Lucie County first-responders are preparing to use special vehicles that will make them more able to respond to emergencies during the storm.
The sheriff’s offices in these Treasure Coast counties will partner with Fire Rescue agencies to use armored military vehicles capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and navigating flooded roads. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said that in the event Irma threatens the county, his agency will preposition three, heavy-duty, high-water vehicles — one in Jensen Beach, one in Indiantown and one in the southern part of the county.
Snyder said the agency will use a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle, also known as the MRAP, a Bearcat SWAT vehicle, and an Army truck. Fire Rescue paramedics will embed with sheriff’s deputies and respond to calls, if necessary. Read more
Body armor can be the determining factor in police safety. Body armor manufacturers take into consideration every situation an officer may encounter while on duty, and new threats drive development including the materials used to make vests and the grades of durability offered.
Officer Brad Baker of the Denver (Colo.) Police Department says they are issued Level II and Level IIIA soft armor for routine patrol. “We also have steel plates and carriers for higher risk situations,” he says. Across the board, more and more departments are making ballistic vests mandatory uniform. The Tucson (Ariz.) Police Department requires officers to wear them at all times unless assigned to administrative duty, however, the officer must have easy access to their body armor if that is the case. One vest issued for their officers is a Level IIA at the least so the vest may be concealed use.Read more
The Algemeiner reports: JNS.org – The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons (ADW) unveiled on Tuesday nine new cutting-edge pieces of military technology that will be added to the IDF’s arsenal in the coming years.
The revolutionary defense technologies were co-developed with local and international defense contractors, and are expected to be game-changers in future wars with Hamas and Hezbollah. Read more
LAWRENCE, Kan. (NBC News) — This year whenever Kevin Willmott is teaching, he will be wearing a bulletproof vest.
The film and media professor at the University of Kansas says it’s a way to “protest” a Kansas law that now allows students and others to carry concealed handguns on campuses without a permit and without training.
“The vest is this reminder that yeah there could be a gun in your presence here, and it’s a bad thing. It’s to give people discomfort,” Willmott says. Read more
HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton Fire and Rescue strapped on new gear Tuesday.
They recently purchased black vests.
“They’re technically ballistic vest and one of the big differences in that is everyone believes they are bulletproof, they’re not,” Battalion Chief Anthony Chittum explained to News 3. “They’re called a level three and they’re made to stop a certain level threat.”
Chittum said they started planning to buy the armor about a year ago.
They decided to spend $650 on each one due to rising concerns nationwide about first responders safety when dispatched to 911 calls.
“We really wanna look at it as an insurance policy. We would rather have the added protection and not need it, than when all of a sudden an emergency comes up and we don’t have the equipment,” he said.
Fire officials said crews typically won’t wear the vest if they’re responding to something like a house fire. Read more
The U.S. Army is testing a new helmet designed to offer full ballistic protection to a soldier’s entire head. Looking like something out of Starship Troopers, the Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) protects a soldier’s entire head, including for the first time the face and jaw, from injury. The helmet is scheduled to head to the troops next year.
Army helmets were first issued in the years leading up to World War I. The helmets, made of simple pressed steel, were heavy and offered very little in the way of real protection against bullets. Helmets offered protection against grazing bullets, ricochets, and shrapnel, but against rifle rounds they were next to useless. The use of heavy steel made covering a soldier’s head below the ears impractical.Read more