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June 2, 2022

What is the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards?

The National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the United States Department of Justice. The Institute's mission is to advance scientific research, development, and evaluation to enhance the administration of justice and public safety.

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The National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the United States Department of Justice. The Institute's mission is to advance scientific research, development, and evaluation to enhance the administration of justice and public safety.

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Safe Pro designs all of its safety products not only to meet but to exceed these standards. For nearly three decades our engineers have been designing, building and delivering small-arms protective inserts to the most stringent specifications with a full offering of sizes, shapes and threat levels.

Our ballistic products are in use by all branches of the US military, federal law enforcement agencies, state and local police forces as well as security professionals and peacekeepers around the world.

The NIJ standards are developed using an open and transparent process that relies on input from the law enforcement community, researchers, manufacturers, and others with a vested interest in public safety. The Institute's Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL) plays a key role in this process by conducting independent tests of commercial armor products to verify their compliance with the performance requirements published in NIJ documents.

Our tried-and-true solutions comply with or exceed the requirements of XSAPI, ESAPI, SAPI, ESBI, NIJ and other special threat standards.

We understand that military, police, and private security personnel are under constant threat. It's no longer enough to wear a bulletproof vest that just protects you from handgun rounds. Law enforcement and military experts today confront active shooters equipped with high-powered assault rifles, rocket launchers, and armor-piercing bullets.

A police officer is only as effective as his or her partner, and the former may not always be able to return fire without endangering themselves. Traditional threats are also increasingly common in today's dynamic climate, these dangers are sometimes purposefully targeted at law enforcement and other government agencies. We recognized the changing threat environment early on, which is why we developed many of our most popular bullet proof vests and tactical ballistic vests that can be upgraded to withstand hits from high-powered rifles and armor piercing ammunition. Our tactical ballistic vests are designed to take a hit from a rifle round, while our bomb blankets and explosion suppression products are engineered to protect against the concussive blast and shrapnel from an IED or other explosive device.


The NIJ's performance standards for ballistic resistance of body armor define minimum performance requirements and test methods for the ballistic resistance of personal body armor intended to protect the wearer against handgun and rifle fire. The types of body armor covered by these standards include:

- Ballistic vests

- Plate carriers

- Shields

- Helmets

- Concealable armor


NIJ Standard 0101.06 is the latest version of this standard, published in July 2008. This standard supersedes NIJ Standard 0101.04, which was published in December 2001.


The NIJ's evaluation criteria for ballistic resistance of body armor are based on the ability of the body armor to protect against specific threats. The test methods used to evaluate the ballistic performance of body armor are designed to simulate real-world conditions and use internationally recognized standards. Body armor that meets or exceeds the minimum performance requirements set forth in NIJ Standard 0101.06 provides adequate protection against the most common types of handgun and rifle ammunition currently being used by criminals. However, no personal body armor is 100% effective against all types of ammunition, and no one type of body armor is suitable for all situations. It is important to select the right type of body armor for the threat you are likely to face and to wear it properly.

The National Institute of Justice is dedicated to improving the administration of justice and public safety through research, development, and evaluation. Their standards are some of the most widely used in the world by police forces and security professionals. The Ballistic Research Laboratory is responsible for testing commercial products to ensure they meet the requirements set forth by NIJ documents. solutions offered by this company comply with

If you have any questions about our products or services, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe.


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  • OPERATIONAL DURABILITY INCLUDING DROP IMPACT, VIBRATION, SHOCK
  • UV AND TEMPERATURE EXTREMES
  • CHEMICAL, FUNGUS AND FLUID RESISTANCE
  • ALTITUDE
  • X-RAY INSPECTION
  • BUOYANCY
  • COMFORT AND ERGONOMICS