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Bulletproof Vest Partnership now Accepting Applications for Body Armor Funding

May 20, 2009 at 10:41

BVP - Bulletproof Vest PartnershipSo, your department needs new body armor but budgets are a bit tight? The U.S. DOJ’s Bulletproof Vest Program (BVP) may be the perfect solution! On May 13, 2009, the FY 2009 BVP program began accepting applications.

The program is a DOJ initiative designed to provide a critical funding resource for state and local law enforcement to purchase body armor and related equipment. Since 1999, more than 11,900 jurisdictions have participated in the BVP Program, with $173 million in federal funds committed to support the purchase of an estimated 450,000 vests.

Here a few things you should know about the BVP program:

  • BVP provides 50% of the funding for your department’s new body armor
  • FY 2009 applications must be submitted online by 5:00pm Eastern, Wednesday, June 24, 2009
  • Departments can only apply for NIJ compliant armor…not individual officers
  • Concealable vests, tactical body armor, and stab-resistant armor are eligible
  • K-9 armor and helmets are not eligible
  • Departments receive their funding approximately three to four months after the application period closes

To get the full scoop on the BVP program and FY 2009 body armor funding opportunities, go to:

If your department is interested in participating, do not wait until the last minute to register and prepare your application! If you are new to the application process, this is particularly important.
Also, contact your local equipment distributor or Safariland representative and ask about BVP program vest specials and NIJ .06 compliant models. They are a wealth of information and can help you better research and navigate the process.

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