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    HOBBY is offline Junior Member HOBBY
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    Bullet proof vests

    I was watching an informational show about bullet proof vests that police wear. And they said that the vests that police wear are not Knife proof.
    I want to know can knives go threw a police vest?

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    yes and it is not "bullet proof," but bullet resistant.

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    There is a vest on the market which has stab and ballistic capabilities. However to have both makes it very heavy and cumbersome to wear.

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    Generally it greatly depends upon the make and model of the vest in question a given officer is wearing to determine what protection level it offers to the officer wearing the vest. One single type of vest is NOT universally worn by ALL police officers in all law enforcement agencies. One could go to police department "A" and determine their officers are issued and wear vests from the "ABC manufacturer." And on the other hand, officers at police department "B" are issued and wear vests from the "XYZ manufacturer."

    There are a variety of body armor manufacturers out there. And, they all typically make different types of vests from a variety of materials. Some vests are designed to be worn for some types of working environments and some for others.

    As someone already pointed out, as a general rule, most vests worn by police officers on the streets are "bullet resistant." They are generally not "knife proof" per sey but they do offer some degree of protection against edged weapons such as knives.

    There are some vests that are specifically manufactured which are designed to be resistant against edged and pointed weapons. Most likely, these types of vests are purchased and used by jail or correctional personnel.

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    My agency is beginning to switch to "First Choice" ballistic/stab resistant vests. I was just issued a MF 123 and it is a light and comfortable level II. Great improvement over my previous vests.

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    An officer of my local PD was stabbed. Didn't get hurt.
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    Most US depts wear bullet resistant vests. In the UK they tend to use Stab-resistant vests. There's a lot more knives than guns in ol' Blighty.

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    I wish TV wouldn't reveal that vulnerabilty. We are instructed not to even let the public see the coverage areas of vests. Never let them know your weeknesses, it's one of our greatest advantages.
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