Guidance

Portable Ballistic Protection for UK Police (2011)

The 2011 standard aims to ensure a consistent standard for Portable Ballistic Protection for UK police.

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In 2004 the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) produced a standard for Portable Ballistic Protection for UK police. It was introduced to ensure ballistic shields and blankets supplied to the police were manufactured to a consistent standard and would meet the police Operational Requirement.

This document supersedes the 2004 standard (any prior testing to the 2004 standard will still be valid) and key updates include:

  • the standardisation of test levels across blankets and shields to
    incorporate any new designs of portable ballistic protection (PBP);
  • introduction of new test levels;
  • Manufacturers’ Quality Testing (MQT) to ensure continued quality
    throughout production;
  • edge testing; and
  • multi-shot testing.