127 Officers were killed by rifle and shotgun threats within the last ten years. In 32 instances, police officers were met with AK47s; AR-15 like weapons were accountable for 21 police deaths; Sporting rifle ammunition such as the 30.06 resulted in 6 fatalities; and finally shotguns were responsible for 40 police officer deaths.
Hard-body armor could have decreased this number significantly.
69% of active-shooter incidents whose durations could be determined ended within five minutes. 35% ended in less than two minutes.
The growth in active shooting incidents in the US now requires first responders to meet these threats head-on.
First on-the-scene officers do not have the adequate protection.
Hard-body armor plates will leave them much better prepared.
26% of killed officers received deadly injuries to the upper torso region. Hard-body armor plates could have significantly reduced this number.
Despite this, only 22.5% of all responding law-enforcement agencies issue their officers rifle protection that meet government standards.
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“Law enforcement officers are often first on the scene for active shooter incidents and require protection from high-caliber weapons that standard soft body armor simply cannot provide,” said Michael Haynes, Plate Up, America spokesman. “Our advanced armor bridges the gap between soft armor which is designed to protect against common hand gun threats and the ever increasing use of high power rifle threats.”
Launched last year, the campaign provides a platform for officers, their families and concerned citizens to take an active role in lobbying local governments and police precincts to provide funding for the appropriate life-saving armor. “Now, more than ever, there is a need to protect and serve those who protect and serve us,” said Haynes. “By partnering with city administrations, precincts, law enforcement officers and their families, as well as concerned citizens and other industry leaders, we are confident the Plate Up, America campaign can reverse the alarming trend in police fatalities.”
To learn more about Plate Up, America! or to sign the petition advocating for necessary funding for law enforcement hard body armor, visit plateupamerica.com.
Game rifles and other heavy ammunitions account for only 6 recorded fatalities among the 127 killed officers. However, the proliferation of the heavy caliber hunting rifles and the increasing trend in active shootings means that protection against these calibers may be increasingly necessary.
Especially the 30.06 bullet presents a challenge to protect against. Despite this, TenCate Advanced Armor provides hard body armor plates that have an excellent ballistic capability against this bullet.
Providing protection against the 30.06, means that law enforcement officers are equipped and ready to respond to active shootings even when heavy caliber rifles are involved.
In the group of 127 officers killed in the line of duty during active shootings, 21 were confronted with the military style AR-15 rifle or similar weapons.
As with the 7.62x39 PS BALL (MSC), most of the TenCate Advanced Armor hard body plates provide excellent protection against the AR-15's 5.56x45 ammunition.
With a rifle plate constructed to protect against AR-15 ammunition, officers will have the protection they need against the two most prevalent threats.
The 12 guage 1 oz. slug fired from shotguns were responsible for 40 out of 127 fatalities for officers repsonding to active shootings. Despite the slug's enormous power it is stopable with almost all modern rifle plates.
TenCate Advanced Armor supply hard body armor plates with an excellent ability to protect officers against slugs from the TenCate Cratus 1200SA Multi-threat plate and upwards.
TenCate Cratus™ is a collection of durable ballistic plates that can be tailored to fit customers’ particular requirements regarding protection, shape, weight, color and cost. TenCate Cratus™ features a full range of hard body armor plates designed for personal protection against both lead core and armor-piercing ammunition, in accordance with international standards. TenCate Cratus™ includes both ceramic and fiber hard body armor plates, featuring lightweight composite upgrades that cover a broad spectrum of operational requirements. They are designed and developed to increase the degree of protection available from ballistic vests and plate carriers.
TenCate Cratus™ is made with the latest state-of-the-art materials in different combined technologies, including high-molecular polyethylene, aramid fibers and ceramics, as well as combinations of these.
The hard body armor plates feature a high multi-hit capability, ensuring the user an outstanding degree of safety if hit by multiple projectiles or fragments. This multi-hit protection complies with – or exceeds – NIJ level III and level IV standards, making this personal protection solution significantly better than any others currently available. These levels of protection also provide the armor plates with resistance to shocks and impact, which means that the user does not need to worry about damaging the inserts during operations.
Combining flexibility and low weight, TenCate Cratus™ provides great endurance and mobility during operations. These products cover the full range of ballistic protection, making sure customers can get their exact needs met, including special requirements in terms of finish and shape.
Out of 127 officers killed responding to active shootings, 32 fell victims of the AK47 or similar weapons.
TenCate Advanced Armor provides a wide range of lightweight, affordable and trustworthy hard body armor plates that will provide protection against AK47's most prevalent round, the 7.62x39 PS BALL (MSC).
A rifle plate in every officer's car supplied in accordance with government standards will provide the protection officers need against the AK47
From the 28th to the 30th September, TenCate Advanced Armour exhibited in the capital of the Philippines and showed its full portfolio of modern survivability systems to the Southeast Asian end-users.
The show was a great success due to the global capability of TenCate Advanced Armour and its local partner in the Philippines, Tactics SOG.
The Southeast Asian markets represent a particularly difficult environment for many, primarily Western, survivability suppliers. There is a strong demand for personal protection solutions and the market relies primarily on American products and standards. Vehicle, aircraft, and naval vessel systems are demanded in global standards that rely on the NATO STANAG to provide the highest level of protection for crew and passengers.
TenCate Advanced Armour, with its global organisation, can provide local partners, or partners working with local projects, with the right product and system mix to ensure that survivability systems from TenCate always comply to the favored standards anywhere in the world.
It is highly important for TenCate Advanced Armour to be able to offer this service to customers as it often provides a more favorable position to supply customers and end-users the exact survivability systems they need.
TenCate Advanced Armour is the global strategic partner in survivability systems.
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TenCate can provide survivability systems for remote weapon stations (RWS) against both lead-core and armor-piercing ammunition, in accordance with both international standards such as NATO STANAG 4569 level I to IV and specific customer requirements.
The survivability of the mission critical remote weapon station is paramount to the protection of the crew. Remote weapon stations provide the crew with the ability to monitor the surroundings and respond to threats arising in the immediate environment. If the remote weapon station is disabled the crew is blind and disarmed and makes for an easy prey.
Weight is also a particular decisive issue with regards to remote weapon stations. The elevated position that provides the remote weapon station with the view over the surrounding environment means that the effect on the vehicle's center of gravity is impacted with a negative effect on maneuverability and mobility. Furthermore, keeping the weight down is an important factor in allowing the vehicle to be well armed.
Developing survivability systems for remote weapon stations is difficult as the remote weapon station needs survivability systems that are lightweight and reliable, which means that conventional steel systems are of little value. TenCate holds a wide experience in providing lightweight composite survivability systems with multi-hit capabilities to ensure the crew a functional and reliable remote weapon station. The low weight of TenCate Advanced Armur protection systems also ensures less load and dynamic impact on the vehicle, resulting in lower life cycle costs and greater load capacity.
Lightweight remote weapon station survivability systems are already available for light vehicles, armored personnel carriers and main battle tanks. TenCate Advanced Armour provide systems that are field-proven and currently in use by different military forces.
TenCate Advanced Armour is a global supplier of VIP and police protection solutions for civilian vehicles. With a substantial experience in material science, armour design, and retro-fit projects, TenCate Advanced Armour is the ideal partner for protecting lightweight and discrete VIP and police vehicles. The solutions are tailored to the specific projects with regards to end-user demands. The solutions offered by TenCate Advanced Armour can provide protection from small handguns, over blast and fragments from hand grenades, to high-caliber ammunition.
TenCate Advanced Armour systems are extremely lightweight in comparison to the market standards which ensure the end-user a high level of mobility and survivability. The low weight of the armour solutions furthermore entails that vehicles can retain a civilian appearance to significantly decrease the profile of the VIP or police vehicle.
TenCate Advanced armour offer end-user unmatched protection with increased attention to structural weak points.
Highly complex 3D composite solutions can be developed for vehicles in order to increase security for passengers. These are modeled and customised for the specific vehicle to ensure a low level of interference on passenger comfort and vehicle weight.
TenCate Advanced Armour provides lightweight and highly resistant armour solutions for VIP and police vehicle roofs. Roofs integrating lightweight composite and fabric armour solutions ensure a high level of protection for passengers while having little effect on the operability weight of the vehicle.
Cabin doors can be reinforced with a wide range of lightweight solutions through the use of composite and fabric materials with low impacts on operability and weight of the door itself. Doors carrying armour systems of TenCate Advanced Armour will provide the highest level of security for passengers.
TenCate Advanced Armour can provide highly customised armour solutions against hand grenades, blast and ballistic threats against the belly of the vehicle. Armour applications for the belly of the vehicle are light in weight with near zero implications on visual appearance and operability of the vehicle.
TenCate Advanced Armour is looking forward to hosting the key military and military industry decision makers at the NIDV conference and exhibition on November 17 at the Ahoy in Rotterdam.
The NIDV is a unique event for professionals that covers the entire field of security. The event also highlights the latest technological developments in that field. In addition to companies and knowledge institutes, the ministries involved, armed forces, Defence Materiel Organisation, Security Services, Security Region, Coast Guard and National Police Corps also have stands in the exhibition.
TenCate Advanced Armour will exhibit and join in the discussion at Combat Helicopter 2016. The show is among the few conferences in Europe to assemble the key decision makers from the military helicopter industry. As part of that, TenCate is a natural participator.
Combat Helicopter 2016 provides the tri-services community with the unique opportunity to gain a clear understanding of future requirements and capabilities for next generation, multi-role rotary platforms.