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Compliance Testing Program

At the core of the NLECTC System is the notion of "translational technology," simply put, we link research with practice. It works in other fields, such as medicine. It also works in criminal justice. The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) publishes and disseminates test results in the following formats:

  • Bulletins, which summarize the test process and provide preliminary test data.
  • Equipment Performance Reports (EPRs), which provide a complete listing of test procedures and detailed test data.
  • Consumer Product Lists (CPLs), which list all models of products tested, by manufacturer, that are found to comply with the pertinent NIJ standard.

JTIC staff provide technical and procurement assistance through:

  • A toll-free 800 hotline.
  • Specialized demonstrations or instructional presentations on request.
  • User guides to assist agencies with the procurement process.

The NIJ Office of Science and Technology, through JTIC and its Compliance Testing Program (NIJ CTP) in Gaithersburg, Md., administers testing programs for commercially available law enforcement and corrections equipment to provide confidence that the equipment used in the field is safe, reliable and meets the needs and requirements of the user community.

Two types of testing programs are being administered:

  • Standards-based testing, where products are tested in accordance with commercial voluntary national performance standards. This testing, conducted at NIJ-approved independent testing laboratories, confirms the equipment’s compliance with NIJ standards. Many law enforcement and corrections agencies require compliance with NIJ standards before the equipment is purchased.
  • Comparative evaluation programs, where equipment is field tested and the test data is published, allowing users to select the product that best suits their needs and requirements.

Behind the Badge: Management Guidelines for Impacts to Body Armor

This NIJ-sponsored publication presents procedures to follow when a law enforcement officer has suffered an injury underneath his or her body armor.

The report features the work of an interdisciplinary review panel that examined the specifics of officers who have suffered "behind armor blunt trauma." Specific guidelines for officer care have been developed as a result. Read more here: Behind the Badge: Management Guidelines for Impacts to Body Armor (PDF).

Alex Sundstrom,
CTP Operations Manager
(919) 541-5888