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The Weapons and Protective Systems Technologies Center - A Criminal Justice Technology Center of Excellence

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $2,750,000)

This project will continue the maintenance, and execution of the Weapons and Protective Systems Technology Center (WPSTC) for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) through its National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System. Among other activities, this center will support NIJ's efforts to provide law enforcement responders with better equipment to protect them against terrorist attacks with chemical and biological weapons and to counter improvised explosive devices. The 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; and 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. Pennsylvania State University will also gather the needs and requirements of state and local law enforcement in the Less Lethal, Pursuit Management, Officer Safety, and Explosives portfolios. Its efforts will result in the adoption into practice of improved tools and technologies for use by state, local, and other law enforcement agencies. ca/ncf

Date Created: September 15, 2010