Standards and Testing Program. National Institute of Justice. Debra Stoe Physical Scientist Body Armor and Standards and Testing Program October 21, 2009. Agenda. Introduction to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) NIJ Standard Development Process
National Institute of Justice
Body Armor and Standards and Testing Program
October 21, 2009
Introduction to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ Standard Development Process
Summary of Standards Under Development or Revision
Research, development and evaluation arm of the Department of Justice
Advances scientific research, development, and evaluation
to enhance the criminal justice (CJ) system
to increase public safety
Emphasis on State and local practitioner needs
Committed to scientific process of open competition, peer-review, publication of reports and archiving data
Dr. John Laub
NIJ Deputy Director
NIJ Deputy Director
Dr. Ellen Scrivner
Office of Science& Technology
Chris Tillery, Associate Deputy Director
Office of Research & Evaluation
Angela Parmley-Moore, Acting Deputy Director
Crime Control & Prevention Research Division
Justice Systems Research Division
Operational Technologies Division
Investigative & Forensic Sciences Division
Violence & Victimization Research Division
Information & Sensor Technologies Division
NIJ funded technical partners to develop standard; practitioner involvement was limited.
Sometimes conformity assessment requirements were established. (Example: Body Armor Compliance Testing Program)
Sometimes users’ guides were developed.
Practitioners, technical experts, and stakeholder organizations collaborate.
Conformity assessment requirements always established.
Selection and Application Guides always developed.
Basic flow chart on next 2 slides.
Standards Technology Working Group: Assists NIJ in managing standards and revision cycles.
Special Technical Committee (STC)
Advisory Working Group (AWG)
Steering Committee (SC)
Law enforcement and corrections practitioners with relevant experience and expertise
Stakeholder organizations represented may include: FBOP, DEA, FOP, IACP, NSA, NTOA, LAPD, NYPD.
Technical experts (engineers, scientists, test labs, conformity assessment bodies, standards development organizations)
No manufacturers allowed on the STC
NIJ and other support:
Facilitator, NIJ PM and technical support, editors/note takers
~ 12 months meeting once per month for 2 days
Purpose is to provide overall direction of the effort and approve the completed standard and related documents
Consists of the following senior advisors:
NIJ Deputy Director for Science and Technology
Standards Executive, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology
Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology/Office of Law Enforcement Standards
Ballistic Resistance of Personal Body Armor
** This standard developed under previous process
Independent Oversight: Trust but Verify
NIJ Restraints Conformity Assessment Requirements
Independent, Third-Party Certification or Compliance Testing Program
Body Armor Compliance Testing Program
build sheet, and sample construction
must all be consistent.
NIJ Restraints Selection and Application Guide
CBRN Protective Ensemble Standard
Bomb Suit Standard