Realizing the need for head and neck protection, Ft. Meyers Police Department
just purchased 50 additional I.R. Shields for their first responders.
In recent months several police officers have succumbed to head and/or neck
shots during confrontation with subjects across the country. Police officers
are in the cross- hairs; shooting confrontations with subjects are on the rise.
The ballistic vest has been a life saver since its creation. Unfortunately,
head and neck shots are now killing our LEOs. Protecting these areas can only
be accomplished using a ballistic Shield. Please see our I.R. Shield and
Headrest Mounting System in our Products list.
The following videos give a demonstration of the clear ballistic shield usage.
Reload with shield in hand:
Handling mailfunction fire arms with shield:
To ensure that our Shields adhere to the strict NIJ testing standards, several in-house tests have been conducted using various types of ammunition with multiple hits. More hits than the National Institute of Justice requires.
The pictures below show one of our (1 inch NIJ II) I.R. Shields shot with numerous rounds of various caliber; to include a .44 magnum which is considered a NIJ III-A rated round.
The Shield seems to catch the round with no or minimal or no ricochets. There is also minimal spalling, white out and no de-lamination or separation. Even after multiple hits, the Shield is still transparent enough to identify additional threats.
Officers from the Fort Myers Police department now have access to our clear ballistic shield technology in the form of our I.R. Shield. This Shield is an “Officer Survival Shield” for immediate response to unexpected and immediate threats. You can view a short Fox video that was made during the presentation and introduction of the Shield.
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Fort Myers Video
In March, we totally overhauled our Mett-t website. In addition to our products, we have included news blogs that address safety issues that pertain directly to our LEOs. If recent incidents like Ferguson are going to be the norm in this country, we are in a lot of trouble. I will not get into the political and racial ramifications of Ferguson because I believe that we all know what is going on. The recent shooting death of a Wisconsin trooper and the shooting of a police officer in Boston in 2016 (both head shots) mandates the need for head and neck protection that only a ballistic Shield can provide. Many officers in recent years have succumbed to head shots. It is my opinion that many would be alive today if an I.R. Shield had been available to them. Budgeting for a new gun belt, holster or uniforms can wait. Budgeting to save a LEOs life can’t. The criminals know that LEOs are wearing ballistic vests. They now target the head area. I created the I.R. Shield out of necessity for exactly that reason. The head and neck area is just as important as the area protected by the vest. Let’s shift into the proactive mode and protect our LEOs. The LEO’s job is to “protect and serve.” Mett-t’s mission is to make this job safer.