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Ballistic Protection 2019

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in a variety of shapes and sizes—either rectangular or rounded tops—so a consumer can choose the best option for their own existing backpack. e backpacks from Tuffy Packs look like any other pack you've seen on the streets but they have 24 layers of Twaron anti-ballistic material sewn into the center divider of the pack, offering protection to the wearer. Tuffy Packs also makes a briefcase/laptop bag. ShotStop Ballistics (www.shotstop.net) produces the Bal- listicBoard insert in both so and rigid form. Consumers can choose to get level IIIA or level III protection. Made with Duri- tium technology, the inserts are thin and light. e BallisticBoard insert (so and rigid) and clipboard are designed for placing in a backpack, computer bag, luggage, or purse to turn it into instant ballistic protection. Interestingly, ShotStop Ballistics also makes a ballistic clip- board offering IIIA protection. Teachers or students can make everyday use of the clipboard for school activities, and in the event of an attack can rely on it for some level of protection against gunfire. Another company that makes ballistic clipboards is Hard- wire (https://hardwirellc.com). e clipboards from Hard- wire come in a variety of colors and patterns to suit just about anybody's fashion sense, and weigh about the same as a typical mod- ern laptop computer. ey come with a 10-year warranty and are manufactured in the United States. Also from Hardwire are backpack inserts in both hard and so form of- fering either Level III or IIIA protec- tion, respectively. ese inserts come in a variety of sizes so the consumer can select the model that is best suited to their backpack of choice. BulletSafe (www.bulletsafe.com) argues in favor of backpack inserts instead of ballistic backpacks. e company makes note that their inserts are guaranteed to last for five years, which long outpaces the usable life of a child's backpack, so as each school year begins with a new pack, the insert goes along for the ride in the pack fitting this year's fashion. e company produces durable and washable so inserts that weigh just one-and-a- half pounds and can be placed into any ordinary backpack for Level IIIA protection. Shields and Barriers Another form of ballistic protection for use in the classroom is shields and barriers to protect faculty, staff, and students from an attack. For example, U.S. Armor (www.usarmor.com) offers a type of ballistic blanket that can be affixed to a standard-size rolling blackboard or white board. It provides standard IIIA protec- tion—measuring four feet by six feet—with grommets all along the top of the six-foot side. Students and teachers take the blan- ket down and hide beneath it. Depending on the number of students in a given classroom, a dozen or so blankets per class- room can make all the difference in saving lives. U.S. Armor also produces a level IIIA barrier that can be mounted at the top of the classroom door. e barrier looks like a blanket roll, but can be very quickly dropped. e Door Shield-QR is a self-contained ballistic shield (Level II or IIIA) that mounts above any open or closed door frame. One pull on the release and gravity does the rest, allowing the door to open to the classroom—which by federal law must open out into the classroom—and contains all sorts of fire protection inside. e Door Shield-QR Measures 20x30 inches but custom sizes are also available. Most every school has procedures now to ensure that en- try way doors remain locked and that they be monitored via security camera during the hours when classes are in session. However, there are dozens if not hundreds of alternative access points for a driven attacker: namely, first-floor windows. Recognizing this, companies have developed a protective film that can be applied to the glass to offer protection against gunfire that otherwise would shatter the glass. For example, 3M (www.3m.com) has provided thousands of schools across the country with its Ultra Prestige Film that can be easily installed on existing classroom windows. An added benefit is that this protective film also can pro- tect classrooms from flying objects that could come from outside in areas where tornados can suddenly occur. is film also provides UV protec- tion from the sun. Another company providing bal- listic film that can be applied to class- room windows—as well as the windows in classroom doors—is CJ Buffer (www.cjbuf- fer.com), which has been producing ballistic film for a variety of customers since 1996. In addition to also producing and installing bullet-resistant film on windows, Total Security Solutions (https://tssbullet- proof.com) manufactures bullet-resistant glass in acrylic, poly- carbonate, and glass-clad polycarbonate, and produces and installs bullet-resistant barriers behind which people can hide from an attack. Total Security Solutions' primary customers are banks, con- venience stores, and other commercial enterprises at an elevat- ed risk of coming under armed attack. But the company has also begun to receive interest from places like private univer- sities with ample budget to offer students and staff this extra level of protection. It's terribly unfortunate that there is such a need to protect students from sudden shooting attacks in schools. But the need for ballistic protection in the classroom is undeniable, and ne- cessity is the mother of invention. n Doug Wyllie is contributing web editor for POLICE. B A L L I S T IC PR O T E C T IO N | SP E C I A L R E P O RT | 11 PHOTO: U.S. ARMOR U.S. Armor offers ballistic blankets that can be affixed to the top of a classroom door to protect students and teachers.

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