New multi-threat body armour vests designed to provide protection against pistol, small calibre rifle and shotgun threats have been unveield by NSW Police today.
Frontline and specialist officers will be issued with the new Covert Light Armour Vest (CLAV) and Integrated Light Armour Vest (ILAV) as part of an ongoing commitment to improve protection of police.
The new vests also have significant resistance to sharp objects such as knives, swords and compound bows in response to 2013 data that shows police are four times more likely to be injured by a knife or sharp object than injured by a bullet.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and Police Minister Troy Grant announced the rollout of the vests which is due to start this month.
“Our frontline officers are subjected to all manner of threats and this rollout ensures we put their safety first and foremost,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“These vests provide officers with the best possible protection without impacting on their comfort and equipment load.
“The upgrade of soft body armour complements the rollout of the Active Armed Offender training in providing our officers with the equipment they need to safely and effectively disrupt, prevent and respond to crime.”
Minister Grant said is “investing in the future” of the NSW Police Force.
“These new vests will be rolled out to the majority of our sworn officers who put their lives on the line to protect the community day in and day out,” Minister Grant said.
A successful six-week trial involving 32 officers from metropolitan and regional NSW and specialist commands was conducted in December 2016.