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Operation of the NLECTC - Rocky Mountain FY09 and Support of Weapons and Protective Systems Center of Excellence

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,550,000)

The Weapons and Protective Systems Technology Center of Excellence (WPSTC), will support the Office of Science and Technology (OST) research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) process by assisting in the identification of state and local criminal justice agency technology needs and operational requirements; coordinating testing, demonstration, and evaluation of new technologies emerging from the OST R&D cycle to assist state and local agencies with their purchasing decisions; and assisting in capacity building and technology assistance to the public safety community. The principal focus of WPSTC will be supporting NIJ's RDT&E Process by hosting those TWGs associated with the Explosives, Corrections, and PPE portfolios. WPSTC will participate at conferences/exhibitions and manage activities in support of the RDT&E process. ca/ncf

This supplement will complete the drafts of two ongoing standards development efforts. Denver University will have the NIJ Holster Standard and the revised NIJ Restraints Standard test methods validated. This funding will also be used to complete any other tasks needed to finish these standards.


This funding is conduct phase two of the assessment of the use of tactical protective equipment against a suicide bomber. The purpose of phase one testing was to inform first responders (SWAT/Bomb squad personnel), dealing with suicide bombers in a congested urban setting, as to a minimum safe distance estimate (injury/lethality risk) to be maintained between the bomber and first responders. These funds would be utilized for phase two testing in order to further knowledge gained in phase one, which was completed in early 2010. The purpose of the phase two effort would be to conduct explosives testing to gather data that will: 1) further knowledge gained in phase one testing, including better defined safe distance estimates; 2) inform the body armor standards effort, and 3) inform law enforcement tactics and policy regarding the suicide bomber threat.


Date Created: September 22, 2009