Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U06-01-05
Body Armor - Soft
Issue Date:30 November 2015Effective Date:30 November 2015
Rescinds:11 December 2013 Version
Index Category:Uniform and Equipment Specifications
I.Body Armor - Soft
  • A.DESIGN:
    The armor will:
    • 1.be adjustable, lightweight, flexible, and concealable under an open collar uniform shirt and provide front, back, and full side torso coverage.
      NOTE:
      Properly fitted soft body armor will, when worn, provide no gap where the front and back panels meet on each side.
    • 2.provide adjustments for the chest, waist, and shoulders with minimum relief under arms, neck, and shoulder necessary to prevent chaffing of the wearer.
    • 3.be specifically designed for male or female use. Unisex armor will not be acceptable.
    • 4.be designed in such a manner to prevent the armor from "riding up" on the wearer during normal duty activities.
    • 5.incorporate a cotton or cotton and polyester cloth carrier, white or navy in color, for the ballistic panels.
      NOTE:
      All cotton or poly cotton cloth carriers for the ballistic panels will be concealable under an open collar uniform shirt as described in Item I-A-1 of this directive and will not be seen through a uniform shirt or will be placed in a Department approved overshirt vest carrier as described in Uniform Specification U06-02-08 - Body Armor - Overshirt Carrier, Standard and MOLLE.
    • 6.ensure the ballistic panels are permanently covered in separate preformed nylon covers.
  • B.STANDARD:
    • 1.Soft body armor purchased after the effective effective date of this specification will meet the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Ballistic Resistance of Police Body Armor (NIJ Standard 0101.06 or the most current standard) for armor classified as Type II or higher and this specification.
    • 2.Soft body armor purchased between 10 Jun 2010 and the effective date of this specification will meet NIJ Standard 0101.06 for armor classified as Type II or higher and the requirements described in specification U2.1504B entitled "Body Armor - Soft."
    • 3.Soft body armor purchased prior to 10 June 2010 must meet NIJ Standard 0101.04 for armor classified as Type II or higher.
    • 4.NIJ classifications Type I and Type II-A do not meet established minimum performance requirements and are not authorized for Department members assigned to field duties.
    • 5.Soft body armor will not be zylon-based or contain any amount of zylon fibers.
    • 6.Ballistic testing requirements will be documented and certified by an independent testing laboratory.
      NOTE:
      The laboratory must be sanctioned by the NIJ to perform said testing, and documents which satisfy these standards must be dated no earlier than September 2009.
    • 7.Ballistic panels, covers, carriers, and torso fastening system(s) must be in full compliance with current NIJ standards, including all requirements related to armor sizing and labeling.
    • 8.Ballistic panels must be warranted for a period of at least five years.
  • C.SIZING:
    Each Department member will be individually measured by the manufacturer or a representative approved by the manufacturer to ensure proper fit or armor specific to the individual.
  • D.LABELS:
    Every ballistic panel cover shall have a label. The label shall be permanently attached to the face of the panel. The label shall contain the following information in English:
    • 1.Name, logo, or other identifying information of the manufacturer or listed company.
    • 2.The rated level of protection, according to section 2 of NIJ Standard-0101.06 and referenced to this edition of the standard (i.e., Type II in accordance with NIJ Standard–0101.06).
    • 3.The following certifying statement: "This model of armor has been determined to comply with NIJ Standard–0101.06 by the NIJ Compliance Testing Program and is listed on the NIJ Compliant Products List."
    • 4.Size, or provision for the name of the individual for whom it was custom sized.
    • 5.Lot number.
    • 6.Serial number.
    • 7.Date of manufacture.
    • 8.Date of issue provision.
    • 9.A model designation.
    • 10.Strike face or wear face indication. The surface of the armor that is to face the threat or worn facing the body must be identified.
    • 11.Care instructions for the ballistic material.
    • 12.Warranty period.
    • 13.For Types IIA, II, and IIIA armor, a warning in type not less than 14 point and a minimum of 1 ½ times larger than the rest of the type on the label, exclusive of the manufacturer identification and logo, stating that the armor is not intended to protect the wearer from rifle fire.
    • 14.If applicable, a warning in type not less than 14 point and a minimum of 1 ½ times larger than the rest of the type on the label, exclusive of the manufacturer identification and logo, stating that the armor is not intended to protect the wearer from sharp edged or pointed instruments. This warning may be combined with the warning listed in Item I-D-13 above.
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
15-181/PJE