NYPD chooses bullet resistant vests made with Dyneema®
Policemen and women safer with Dyneema®
18 February 2015 - For 13,000 New York policemen and women, patrolling the city’s streets is about to become a little bit safer and more comfortable.
This follows a decision by city officials to replace the New York Police Department’s current bullet resistant vests – some of which have been in service for around a decade – with a new generation of ultra-lightweight, high performance body armor made with Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology. The city will replace around 13,000 vests initially and plans to replace more than 20,000 vests in total.
Extra protection and more comfortable too
The Alpha Elite™ body armor the Department has chosen are made by DSM Dyneema customer Point Blank, and utilize Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology to achieve a step-change in personal protection. The unique properties of this extreme performance material enables Alpha Elite™ to exceed the toughest protection standard from the U.S. National Institute of Justice while reducing weight compared to those now used to protect the city’s officers. Thus the material helps Point Blank produce protective vests that overcome one of the biggest challenges voiced by police personnel: making body armor that is both comfortable enough to wear and protective enough to wear with confidence.
Compared with NYPD’s current vests, the new Alpha Elite™ body armor is approximately 20% lighter and up to 30% thinner. Point Blank’s design also offers wrap-around protection, something many current vests fail to do. The vests are available with an optional “speed plate” insert, also made with Dyneema®. Adding that insert results in a vest that exceeds FBI protocols for multi-hit performance and special-threat performance, while also resisting fragmentation and absorbing impact energy extremely well.
In a New York Post article about the purchase, the paper quoted NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton as describing Alpha Elite™ as the “Rolls Royce” of ballistics protection