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This bill would require the New York City Police Department to use only those bulletproof vests that meet certain safety requirements related to their warranty, history of use, and fit.

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Int. No. 553


By Council Member Levine


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to bulletproof vests used by the New York city police department


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1.  Chapter 1 of title 10 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 10-179 to read as follows:  

§ 10-179 Bulletproof vests. The department shall only utilize bulletproof vests that are:

a. Covered by their manufacturer’s warranty;

b. Have not been in use for more than five years;

c. Have not been struck by any projectile from a firearm, or any similar projectile;

d. Fit their user properly in such a manner that they provide the protection for which they were designed;

e. Meet the standard for ballistic resistance classification IIIA as determined by the national institute of justice or any successor national institute of justice standard; and

f. Are not damaged in any other way that would substantially affect performance;

§2. This local law takes effect 6 months after it becomes law.


LS # 3859/Int. 1018-2015

LS 1155