Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Which manufacturer makes the best body armor?

The NIJ Standards for Personal Body Armor (Ballistic and Stab/Puncture Resistant) and the voluntary compliance testing programs operated by NLECTC exist to ensure that models of armor offered for sale to law enforcement and corrections personnel are safe, reliable, and meet minimum performance requirements. Neither NIJ nor NLECTC 'endorse' any particular manufacturer or model of armor, but provide a complete listing of all models that have been tested and found to comply with the NIJ Standard. You can access this list, which is updated continuously, through our Internet site at http://www.nlectc.org . If you do not have access to the Internet, you can also call NLECTC at 800-248-2742 or 301-519-5060 to get the most current information on models that comply with the standard.

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