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California to Outfit All Prison Guards With Stab-Resistant Body Armor

California has ordered $2.3 million in stab-resistant body armor from DBH Industries' subsidiary Protective Apparel Corp. of America (PACA)enough to give body armor to all California prison guards. The order is the largest ever received from the prison industry by body armor specialists DBH.

Meanwhile, DBH subsidiary Point Blank Body Armor Co. has settled a dispute with the New York Police Department by agreeing to replace 1,000 bullet-resistant vests with higher-grade military vests and allow NYPD to purchase an additional 5,300 military vests at a reduced price. The dispute started when a NYPD officer noticed weakening of his vest at the folds. Tests then showed penetration of some of the vests by .357 Magnum rounds. Initially, 1,000 vests were believed defective. Later figures were as high as 5,000 defective vests. Former Point Blank employees have also alleged that they were ordered to place updated labels on out-of-date body armor, vest sizes were mislabeled, and vest shells were mismatched with their ballistic liners. Each of these defects could compromise its effectiveness.

Sources: DBH Industries news release; Law Enforcement News

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