NEW: The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 BVP application funding period. Applications for FY 2017 BVP funds will be accepted beginning May 17, 2017. All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 pm (Eastern Time), June 28, 2017.
NEW: Uniquely Fitted Armor Vest Requirement: The BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 included a provision that states that BJA may give preferential consideration to BVP recipients that provide armor vests to law enforcement officers that are uniquely fitted for such officers, including vests uniquely fitted to individual female law enforcement officers. This provision is applicable to FY 17 BVP awards moving forward. Please see the BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 amendment for reference: https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ155/PLAW-114publ155.pdf.
In the BVP Program, "uniquely fitted vests" means protective (ballistic or stab-resistant) armor vests that conform to the individual wearer to provide the best possible fit and coverage, through a combination of: 1) correctly-sized panels and carrier, determined through appropriate measurement, and 2) properly adjusted straps, harnesses, fasteners, flaps, or other adjustable features. The requirement that body armor be "uniquely fitted" does not necessarily require body armor that is individually manufactured based on the measurements of an individual wearer. In support of the Office of Justice Programs' efforts to improve officer safety, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International has made available the Standard Practice for Body Armor Wearer Measurement and Fitting of Armor (Active Standard ASTME 3003 - https://www.astm.org/NIJ/bodyArmorFit) available at no cost. The Personal Armor Fit Assessment checklist - https://www.justnet.org/pdf/00-BA-Assessment-Handout_laser%2007082016.pdf, is excerpted from ASTM E3003.
In addition, a certification section has been added to the 2017 application (in the BVP system) stating the jurisdictions and law enforcement agency are aware of and will comply with this requirement.
Please see the main BVP website for more details.
Overview:Created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, administered by BJA, is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement.
BJA & NIJ Launch PoliceArmor.org
Law enforcement and corrections officers have a new resource for determining how to purchase high-quality, life-saving body armor. PoliceArmor.org features news about BJA's Bulletproof Vest Partnership funding and information on National Institute of Justice-compliant body armor.
Grants Awarded to Increase Law Enforcement Safety
BJA awarded more than $32.6 million to increase police officer safety and wellness in communities across the United States. The awards were funded under the Bulletproof Vest Partnership and Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative/VALOR programs. Funds were also awarded to continue the Blue Courage training program.
Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit
Developed with funding support from BJA, the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit was created to promote learning about officer safety and encourage the leveraging of resources to augment state, local, and tribal efforts to promote officer safety.
NoticeThe BVP user login process was updated on 11/22/2011. This update requires all existing users to visit the BVP site to register for a new BVP account and associate it with an existing agency before agency details can be viewed.To register, please create a new user login and associate it with your current agency by providing your current account login and password. See the BVP Account Creation Checklist for an overview of the steps required, and the BVP User and Agency Registration Guide for more details on this process.
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Office of Justice Programs (OJP): Bulletproof Vest Partnership/Body Armor Safety Initiative
Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC)
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In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, are there issues with supplanting? Answer
Can we include officers in the academy in our Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program application? Answer
Can we purchase other ballistic equipment such as K9 body armor, ballistic shields and helments through BVP? Answer
Can we purchase other types of ballistic equipment through this program? Answer
Can you apply for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program more than once in a program year? Answer
Do SWAT vests qualify under BVP? Answer
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, does the law enforcement agency need to fill out an application? Answer
How do we apply for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a jurisdiction? Answer
How do we go about applying for additional funds to cover the less than 50% federal share we received from last year's application? Answer
How long will it take to get the funding? Answer
How much funding will our jurisdiction receive? Answer
How will the BVP Program work with our jurisdictions policy of going to the lowest bidder? Answer
I'm a correctional officer and I am more interested in a vest that provides stab/puncture protection instead of ballistic protection. What assistance can you provide? Answer
Our jurisdiction received less than 50% funding for last year's Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program application. Can we re-apply for additional funds to increase this share? Answer
What is total vest cost? Answer
What is the application deadline for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program? Answer
What responsibilities will the CEO have regarding the control and disbursement of federally-provided matching funds? Answer
What type of documentation is needed for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program application? Answer
What type of documentation is needed to prove the number of officers needing vests? Answer
When funding approval is made which accounts for less than 50% of the requested funds in a jurisdiction's application, who will dtermine how much each individual law enforcement agency within a jurisdiction receives? Answer
Will we have to certify that the vests purchased meet the program's guidelines? Answer
Can we use Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds along with the BVP funds to cover the costs of vests? Answer
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, can additional funding be expected after the close of the application period? Answer
How soon must we purchase vests to avoid expiration of Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program funds? Answer
What is the BVP 50% Hardship Waiver? Answer
Can I participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a jurisdiction? Answer
Can I participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a law enforcement agency? Answer
Can I participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a law enforcement officer? Answer
Can individual law enforcement agencies register for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program if the jurisdiction has not yet registered? Answer
Do state agencies have to connect their Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) application with that of other state agencies applying (like State Police) or can each agency apply on their own? Answer
I am a county executive and within my county there are several smaller towns and villages. Do I coordinate the vest needs and the application process for all jurisdictions within my county's boundaries? Answer
What does the term "Law Enforcement Officer" mean? Answer
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, what is meant by "jurisdiction"? Answer
What makes a jurisdiction eligible? Answer
What makes a law enforcement agency eligible? Answer
Can we link to the BVP web page on our own homepage? Answer
How is armor submitted for testing? Answer
Is there a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) reference for BVP? Answer
Is there an Interim Final Rule available for BVP? Answer
What is NLECTC? Answer
What type(s) of vests are being purchased by other jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies participating in this program? Answer
Which manufacturer makes the best body armor? Answer
Who tests the armor to determine if it complies with the NIJ Standards? Answer
Will promotional offerings be allowed under the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program? Answer
Related to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, will there be a searchable database of jurisdictions and LEAs online? Answer
Can I participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program as a vest manufacturer/distributor? Answer
In regards to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, how can a manufacturer or distributor register? Answer
How are Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program funds distributed? Answer
Related to the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program, how do I get paid? Answer
What is the unit price of a vest? Answer
Are stab resistant vests eligible for funding? Answer
Are threat level IV vests eligible for funding? Answer
Can a jurisdiction buy threat level IV vests for their SWAT team? Answer
Can used body armor be purchased with BVP funds? Answer
Can we just replace the trauma plates for vests we already own? Answer
Can we purchase vests that we did not include in our application? Answer
How do I dispose of my old vest? Answer
How does ballistic-resistant body armor work? Answer
How long does the body armor last? Answer
How does stab and puncture resistant body armor work? Answer
Is ballistic-resistant armor also stab/puncture resistant (or vice versa)? Answer
We're going to purchase body armor in the near future. Do you have any advice or suggestions? Answer
What are trauma plates? Answer
What if my user name and/or password don't work? Answer
What is the best way to care for body armor? Answer
What new technologies have been developed for body armor? Answer
What type and threat level of armor should I wear? Answer
What types of ballistic resistant material are used to make body armor? Answer
Which ballistic or stab-resistant material is better? Answer
Will our jurisdiction be subject to audits or inspections if we purchase vest using BVP funds? Answer
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AG Remarks at IACP Conference
Read the remarks from Attorney General Eric Holder at the 121st Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference, during which he announced an online naloxone toolkit to help law enforcement respond to drug overdose emergencies, discussed the JAG Program, and talked about the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program.
FY 2014 BVP Funds Available
BJA is pleased to announce the FY 2014 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) funds are available for use. The FY 2014 award funds may be used for the latest National Institute of Justice (NIJ) compliant armored vests which are ordered on or after April 1, 2014. The deadline to request payments from the FY 2014 award funds is August 31, 2016, or until all available 2014 awards funds have been requested. View the complete list of FY 2014 BVP awards.
FY 2015 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) ProgramApplication Deadline: 05/13/2015, 06:00 PMBJA is accepting applications for the FY 2015 BVP Program.Guidance
FY 2014 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program Application Deadline: 05/20/2014, 06:00 PMThe BVP Program reimburses states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions up to 50 percent of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers.BVP web site
FY 2013 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program Application Deadline: 05/29/2013, 06:00 PMThe BVP Program provides funds to help jurisdictions provide bullet- and stab-resistant body armor for sworn law enforcement and corrections officers.BVP web site Application Checklist
FY 2012 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program Application Deadline: 07/06/2012, 05:59 PMThe BVP Program provides funds to help jurisdictions provide bullet- and stab-resistant body armor for sworn law enforcement and corrections officers. BVP Application System BVP Application Checklist
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