Law Enforcement Technology

Standards and Police Equipment


  • The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) assists NIJ with the development of standards and operates a standards-based compliance testing program (CTP) in which equipment such as ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor, double-locking metallic handcuffs and semiautomatic pistols are tested on a pass/fail basis. NLECTC also conducts comparative evaluations (testing equipment under field conditions) on patrol vehicles, patrol vehicle tires and replacement brake pads, and cut-, puncture-, and pathogen-resistant gloves.

Tools of the Trade – NIJ Standards

Standards Open for Comment

  • There are currently no standards open for comment, please check NIJ’s Web page Requests for Comment and Information for the latest on open and recently closed requests, such as:
    • Draft Public Safety Bomb Suit Standards (Comment Period: October 10, 2014 to November 11, 2014)
    • Draft Mobile License Plate Reader System Standards (Comment Period: August 25, 2014 to October 6, 2014)

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Finding and Accessing NIJ and ASTM Standards

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  • NIJ and ASTM are opening up ASTM’s complete library to eligible law enforcement, corrections and forensics professionals. By registering for this service, current criminal justice practitioners can access:
    • ASTM E54 Standards on Homeland Security Applications (Active & Historical).
    • ASTM E54 Test Methods, including all updates throughout the subscription term.
    • Functionality includes:
      • Color-coded highlighting for comparing revisions (Redlines).
      • Superseded standards remain in portal for reference purposes (Historical).
      • Ability to annotate within the documents for sharing online with others.
      • Integration of NIJ practices and procedures into the standards.
      • Linking to ASTM Membership signup and collaboration area.

    Send your agency email address (not a personal email address) and the words ASTM Registered User to You will receive a password by return email.

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