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Body armor is a common sight on city streets as well as in war movies and television shows. Although body armor historically was used primarily to protect military personnel, nowadays, it’s also used by law enforcement. There are basically two types of body armor; regular hard-plate armor for moderate to significant defense and ballistic nylon body armor for extra protection from knives, guns and other sharp objects. A bulletproof vest, on the other hand, provides additional protection against firearms and knives and is worn by many law enforcement officers.

In addition to body armor, ballistic helmets, bulletproof vests, and stab proof vests are popular with many people. A ballistic helmet protects an officer’s head from injury in case of a firearms accident or another type of injury caused by a sharp object striking his head. A bulletproof vest protects an officer’s torso from injury in case of a gun attack. A bulletproof vest or plate carrier can stop attackers from injuring an officer by shooting him. A plate carrier is especially useful in securing a hostage, protecting him from further harm.

Although body armor is now common wear among many law enforcement officers, there are still those who choose not to wear body armor. Those who choose not to are concerned about the price tag, saying that body armor doesn’t need to be so expensive and that they’d rather spend the money on other items such as bulletproof vests and bulletproof helmets. But those who do wear body armor say that the protection it provides is worth the cost of the protective equipment. With today’s high price of firearms and the rising concern over gun violence, more law enforcement officers are choosing to wear bulletproof vests and other items that add added protection to their law enforcement careers.