NIJ Voluntary Compliance Testing

The National Institute of Justice Compliance Testing Program (NIJ CTP) is a program operated by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Office of Science and Technology (OS&T). The NIJ CTP is authorized pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, relevant portions as codified at 6 U.S.C. 162(b)(4).

This act authorizes NIJ to "establish and maintain a program to certify, validate, and mark or otherwise recognize law enforcement technology products that conform to standards established and maintained by the Office in accordance with the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-113). The program may, at the discretion of the Office, allow for supplier's declaration of conformity with such standards."

The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) administers the NIJ Standards and Testing Program, which includes standards-based testing, comparative evaluations and standard development implemented through the NIJ CTP. This program includes:

  1. Processing applications voluntarily submitted by manufacturers and determining if sufficient information has been provided to begin evaluating a product. (Application)
  2. Planning and preparing to collect, or produce, all the information and input needed to complete the evaluation. This includes developing an appropriate test plan for unique designs. (Selection)
  3. Administering the NIJ Approved Test Laboratory program.
  4. Collecting information from testing, measuring, inspection and design appraisal to prepare a report and make a determination regarding the product’s compliance with requirements.*(Determination)
  5. Using inspection and testing techniques successively to determine if products continue to comply with requirements. (Surveillance)

*Note: The NIJ CTP report is provided to NIJ staff, who performs a final review and makes the certification decision.

JTIC currently operates compliance testing programs for the following equipment. Please visit the links below to learn more about the process for submitting each type of equipment to the CTP for testing.


Comparative Evaluations

The purchase of patrol vehicles and their components is one of the largest expenditures a law enforcement agency faces within its fleet budget. For many years, police fleet administrators have had numerous choices to make when choosing patrol vehicles, replacement brake pads, replacement tires and winter tires. Often, agencies are left to sift through manufacturers' marketing information when attempting to make a purchasing decision. To assist agencies with this difficult decision, NIJ, in cooperation with the Michigan State Police (MSP), conducts comparative evaluations on vehicles and their replacement components to provide agencies with a tool to assist them in determining which product is right for their agency.