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Why Police Departments Need NIJ Certified Tactical Gear

March 29, 2018
By Vel Tye

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Police officers deserve the best protection gear on the market. Around 150 officers die every year in the line of duty as a result of shootings, stabbings, car accidents, and other incidents. In 2017, forty-four police officers were killed by gunshots in the line of duty.

Police perform one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in the country, and they do so in an effort to make civilians safer. It only makes sense to protect police officers from whatever threats they may face as thoroughly as possible.

Police and NIJ-Certified Gear

NIJ-Certified tactical gear certified by the National Institute of Justice. It is considered to be the pinnacle of tactical gear, tested and re-tested to withstand even the most rigorous applications. NIJ-certified protection vests are an investment: They’re guaranteed to be more durable and more protective than their non-certified counterparts. Unfortunately, not all police forces have the ability or the resources to exclusively outfit their officers with gear that has been certified.

Making Protection Gear a Priority

In 1999, Congress began providing funding at federal, state, and local levels to help police operations purchase protection vests through a grant program. As the need for high-tech protection vests has grown over the past 20 years, funding has stayed flat. Because they lack the funding for new equipment, many police districts are forced to send their officers into the field with outdated or insufficient gear.

NIJ-certified protection gear should be a priority for all police budgets.. It is typically designed to last longer than non-certified gear, making it an investment that pays dividends when replacement costs for subpar gear are calculated.

Better Vests Equal Better Performance

Studies estimate that well over 3,000 police officers’ lives have been saved by protection vests in the last three decades. Without the right vest, officers are vulnerable to bullets, explosions, and even knives. If our officers at home are facing serious, life-threatening situations on a daily basis, shouldn’t they be wearing the same kind of gear our military uses?

When officers feel confident that the gear they’re wearing could save their lives, they’re better equipped to do their jobs. NIJ-certified gear is made to have a better fit, be more comfortable, and more dependable than lesser vests. Better gear begets better performance.


Vel Tye is an American manufacturer of NIJ-certified tactical vests for police officers. Our team is made up of former military members who know what it means to put your life in the hands of a piece of equipment.

Want to find out more? Visit our online store today to browse our police gear and tactical accessories or reach out directly. If you’re calling on behalf of a police department, be sure to ask about bulk pricing.


Topics: Tactical Gear, Police Gear, Police Department, NIJ Certified