The SPVM is testing bulletproof vests to counter large calibers

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The SPVM is testing bulletproof vests to counter large calibers

The Montreal Police Department is testing three new models of bulletproof vests bullets to deal with the larger calibers now used by criminals.

On the left, the bulletproof vest currently in use by SPVM police officers and, towards the right, the three models that will be tested.

Radio-Canada has learned that a test bench is underway to test three models of vests before proceeding to a call for tenders. “The old model was no longer representative of firearms found in Montreal,” said an SPVM officer who requested anonymity since he is not authorized to speak to the media.

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Last February, the Brotherhood of Policemen and Policewomen of Montreal sent a letter to the management of the SPVM to request access to better vests. Those currently in service would no longer be safe to protect against the impacts of certain large caliber firearms.

The objectives consist of properly targeting the needs of police officers, validating the level of comfort as well as satisfaction with the new bulletproof vest (ballistic panels and cover), said an SPVM spokesperson by email. The final analysis will make it possible to draw up the technical specifications necessary to proceed with the public call for tenders.

In addition to offering better ballistic protection, these new vests will have to use softer and lighter panels in order to improve comfort, offer better resistance to humidity and be more adapted to the physiognomy of the woman. The SPVM nevertheless indicates that the vests currently in service meet safety standards.

To develop the new bulletproof vest, the SPVM set up a committee of experts and consulted with representatives of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Sûreté du Québec, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Vancouver Police Department, the Service de police de la Ville de Québec and the Toronto Police Service, among others.

In 2021, there were 144 gun discharges in Montreal, compared to 71 the previous year.

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