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Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to improving officer safety and has undertaken research to review and analyze violent encounters and law enforcement officer deaths and injuries. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement.

    Applicants must certify that all law enforcement agencies benefitting from the BVP Program have a written "mandatory wear" policy in effect. This policy must be in place for at least all uniformed officers before any funding can be used by the agency. There are no requirements regarding the nature of the policy other than it being a mandatory wear policy for all uniformed officers while on duty. BJA strongly encourages agencies to consult the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Model Policy on Body Armor and to strongly consider all recommendations within that policy. Law enforcement agency administrators can obtain a copy of the Body Armor Model Policy and Issues Paper, developed by contacting the BVP Help Desk at 18777583787 or by email at


    History of Funding

    Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $467 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,395,976) as of February 2020. Previously funded projects may be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Each vest purchased must meet National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards on the date it was ordered. A complete list of Ballistic Armor Compliant gear is available to view at:


    BVP Help Desk

    BVP Help Desk
    810 Seventh Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20531

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligibility is limited to recognized units of general government (states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions) that employ law enforcement officers. Jurisdictions with fewer than 100,000 residents receive priority funding. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by by 6:00 pm (Eastern Time), June 8, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Cost sharing/matching of 50% (dollar-for-dollar) is required.

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