Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Approved Gear- Banshee Plate Carrier- Shellback Tactical Inc.
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August 7, 2012 TO: All Concerned Personnel FROM: Chairperson, Uniform Committee SUBJECT: APPROVED AND AUTHORIZED PRIVATE PURCHASE HARD ARMOR PLATES AND LOAD BEARING VESTS - REVISEDThis Notice, revises Incident Management and Training Bureau Notice, titled Approved and Authorized Private Purchase Hard Armor Plates and Load Bearing Vests, August 24, 2009. The Department will continue to authorize and encourage officers to obtain hard armor and hard armor plate carriers/Load Bearing Vests (LBV), in order to provide officers with the protective equipment they may need during an unusual tactical event. The Department has identified additional LBVs that meet Department specifications and has revised/expanded the list of authorized models.
Authorized LBVs and equipment may be used the following circumstances: Officers are involved in a tactical situation where a suspect is believed to be armed with a weapon that is capable of defeating concealable ballistic armor (high velocity handgun or rifle). Officers are involved in a tactical situation where they may require additional tactical equipment that would not normally be carried on the Sam Browne, such as additional ammunition, portable water supply, medical trauma kit, etc. Officers are involved in pre-planned tactical events, such as a search warrant service, with the approval of the Watch Commander or Officer in Charge. All LBVs and equipment pouches must be black in color. Use of camouflage colored LBVs and equipment pouches is prohibited.
Authorized Hard Armor Plate Carrier/Load Bearing Vest:
The following MOLLE compatible LBVs are designed to carry hard armor plates. Department issued soft body armor must also be worn under the LBV:
Shellback Tactical 814773, Banshee Hard Plate CarrierShould you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact Sergeant Steve Embrich, Uniform Coordinator, Personnel and Training Bureau, at (213) 486-7098 or email, email@example.com.