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Characterization of Weapons used in Stab/Slash Attacks

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $134,110)

The specific objectives of this research are to provide a database containing information on the stabbing and slashing weapons used to attack officers and to detail their critical physical characteristics including: material hardness, sharpness and blade geometry. This data will then be utilized to develop a typology that considers the weapons characteristics, the delivery mechanism and the interaction of the weapon with armor materials. Finally the information gathered will be used to identify exemplar threats that can then be included in future revisions of the NIJ stab resistant body armor standard. nca/ncf

This award completes funding for 2011-DE-BX-K003. This cooperative agreement was competitively awarded in 2011 under the Body Armor Standards Research For Criminal Justice Applications Solicitation for a study characterizing the stabbing and edged weapons used to assault officers. One of the research questions addressed deals with improving the test methodology for female armor. There is currently no specialized testing designated in the current stab standard. The goal of this research is to identify the gaps in the current knowledge of stab/slash protection and recommend testing methodologies to be included in upgrades of the standard for the body armor worn by law enforcement and corrections officers. nca/ncf

Date Created: September 15, 2011