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Police: Equipment

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of providing stab-proof vests for (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers. (289466)

The Government are clear that police officers should have the best possible protection when facing the physical violence that is sometimes directed against them. The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) provides scientific and technical advice to the police that covers the development of police specific standards for personal protective equipment, including body armour.