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Emerging Technology in Criminal Justice

Protective Equipment

Officer protection is greatly enhanced with such products as ballistic helmets and visors, ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor, stab- and pathogen-resistant gloves, riot shields, and other items.

Required Reading

  1. Watkins, S. M. (2005). Protective clothing. In V. Steele (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (Vol. 3, pp. 58-60). Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons. Retrieved from  [11 minutes]
  2. United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. (2013, July 12). Body armor. Retrieved May 3, 2016, from [3 minutes]
  3. Office of Justice Programs. (Aug. 24, 2005). Special report: Third status report to the attorney general on body armor safety initiative testing and activities (pp. 1-41) (United States, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs). Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. Retrieved December 8, 2015, from
  4. National Institute of Justice, Office of Science and Technology
  5. NSF: Science 360 (Director). (n.d.). Chance discoveries: Kevlar [Video file]. United States: National Science Foundation & NBC Learn. Retrieved from
  6. McGrath, A. G. (2015). Why body armor? American Jails, 29(1), 33-36.
  7. Hamilton, S. C. (2015). Selection and use of ballistic protection for fire and EMS personnel. Fire Engineering, 168(6), 53-58.

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