The launch of the 3rd generation of standard issue police body armour has seen significant improvement over the current offering. The tender process was competitive and from nine submissions two successful bids were awarded to Cooneen Protection and Safariland UK under NUMS.
The Body Armour Matters campaign builds on the work of our pervious Back to Basics campaign which sought to raise awareness of the risks that body armour poses if the wearer does not wear it appropriately and look after their core.
The new body armour is lighter in weight, but the lessons offered via Back to Basics campaign, and the issues raised therein, are still relevant and should be considered.
Useful material from Back to Basics campaign can be found here:
Advances in the new 3rd generation body armour
Significant increase in Supplementary Knife Resistance (SKR) or extra protection:
SKR is a crucial aspect of body armour and the strength, or resistance of SKR, must conform with rigorous Home Office standards as set out in the HOSDB Body Armour Standards for UK Police.
Both Safariland and Cooneen 3rd generation armour were tested against the HOSDB requirements for:
The protection afforded by Cooneen Protection integrated extra area protection for the wearer for male and female designs by between 10 to 27 per cent.
The purpose of the extra protection is to enhance overall coverage and protection, meaning less exposed areas of vulnerability whilst not losing on comfort or adding weight.
Gender Based Design options:
Both suppliers provide solutions that acknowledge gender differences.
Safariland UK provides a single shaped variant that is gender contoured while Cooneen Protection’s armour is available in both male and female variants.
Other design considerations that have improved include:
Weight of the New Armour:
Both Cooneen Protection and Safariland UK body armours are lighter in weight than the current armour.
|Supplier and Model||Current Armour||Cooneen Protection||Safariland UK|
|Median Male with SKR||3.73kg||3.46kg||3.48kg|
|Median Female with SKR||3.05kg||2.83kg||3.12kg|
|Median Male without SKR||3.73kg||3.14kg||3.06kg|
|Median Female without SKR||3.05kg||2.56kg||2.70k|
Overview of technical specifications:
The following design variations have been approved: