STAB RESISTANCE | Protect Corrections Officers Against Spikes.
Developed with leading-edge DuPont Kevlar® Correctional technology, our concealable body armor is specifically designed to help protect corrections officers against spikes, shanks and other potentially lethal hand-made weapons typically found in corrections facilities. In response to the ever-volatile conditions and unique threats Corrections professionals face, our body armor systems provide the superior puncture and slash resistant protection corrections officers need. PACA offers high performance stab packages in (Spike Levels 1, 2, or 3) with optional Edged Weapon Level 3 protection, as well as, optional ballistic protection in select body armor systems.
Body armor that is ballistic resistant does not necessarily make it stab or puncture resistant (and vice versa). Sharp edged and hand made instruments with pointed tips such as spikes, awls or shanks generally do not need to tear the fabric to penetrate – it merely moves the fibers aside. PACA utilizes a combination of super fine, ultra-dense materials, which prevent pointed objects from spreading or moving the individual yarns to stop penetration/puncture.
The NIJ rates body armor on resistance to hand-delivered stab threats – the NIJ 0115.00 Standard. Maximum penetration of 0.28" / 7mm is allowed as serious injury is extremely unlikely with such a shallow wound. Also an "Over-test" is applied, to push the breaking point of the armor, where 0.79" / 20mm of penetration is allowed. Ice-pick or improvised "Spike" weapons testivng is regularly conducted by PACA through its independent laboratories.