Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $982,147)
This project will show effects of ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor during real world operations using law enforcement and corrections officers with a variety of body shapes and sizes and differing levels of fitness and heat tolerance. At least 100 observations will be made per geographic location, with a goal of obtaining 3600 total observations. As a whole, this data will provide insight into the physiological changes that take place when officers don agency-issued armor. The effect of this study will enhance officer safety for first responders and public safety at the state and local level.