Body Armor Plates have become more important given the rise in active shooter incidents.
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Both urban and rural police officers are increasingly interested in body armor plates to protect themselves. In fact, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) says more than 3,000 police officers' lives have been saved by body armor since the 1970s.
Body Armor Plates are rated Type 3 or Type 4 by the NIJ, based on the type of protection they provide.
Body Armor Plates come in various materials...
These have been around for decades because they are effective. They can be a little heavy. And the ceramic can be easily damaged. The ceramic can crack when dropped or tossed in a trunk. And the ceramic is designed to break when a bullet hits it, so it stops a limited number of bullets.
These are a newer technology. And they can cost about 25% more than comparable ceramic. But they tend to weigh less. And they are less prone to damage. However, polyethylene is not available as a Type 4 plate.
For further details, this is a great article from Police Magazine.
And check out this video about Body Armor Plates from Safariland...