SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 31 October 2019

Developing U.S. Standards for Law Enforcement Civil Disturbance Unit Personal Protective Equipment


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) plans to facilitate the development of baseline performance requirements and standardized test methods, including certification requirements, for equipment used by U.S. law enforcement civil disturbance units (CDUs). NIJ anticipates that these standards will be developed through a consensus process through one or more accredited standards development organizations with the participation of U.S. law enforcement CDU practitioner subject matter experts, testing laboratories, and product certifiers as well as manufacturers and industry. For U.S. law enforcement agencies planning to procure new or certified CDU personal protective equipment, NIJ has identified either British Standard 7971 or standards developed by the UK Home Office as performance standards that may meet agencies' needs until U.S. standards can be developed.

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Brecht, Scott
United States Park Police, Washington, DC, US
Carroll, Richard, E.
Maryland State Police, Pikesville, MD, US
Davidov, Peter
Montgomery County Police Dept., Gaithersburg, MD, US
Greene, Mark, E.
National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC, US
Hanson, Alan, L.
Fairfax County Police Dept., Fairfax, VA, US
Lee, Ryan
Portland Police Bureau, Portland, OR, US
Raganella, Anthony
New York City Police Dept., New York, NY, US
Schauf, Ryan, S.
United States Capitol Police, Washington, DC, US
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Developed by Committee: E54
Pages: 189–194
DOI: 10.1520/STP161420180057
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7674-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7673-7