A police bullet proof vest is available in two forms: the soft bullet proof vest or the hard bullet proof vest. These two classifications are used according to the situation.
Soft Bullet Proof Vest
The soft police bullet proof vest is ideally designed to be worn everyday by individuals who are at risk of being attacked. This vest is also designed to be lightweight and comfortable so that the user can still do his or her normal schedules despite the threats on his or her life. It is also highly concealable, thus, it can be worn as an underneath clothing. As per the order of the National Institute of Justice, the soft police bullet proof vest is available from ratings Level I to Level III-A. The Level III-A is the highest rating available for the soft body armor and it can stop round bullets like the .22LR, .32ACP, .40, 12 Ga. 00/Buck/12 Ga. Slug, 9mm FMJ RN, .25 ACP,.38ACP, .45, and .44 Magnum SJHP.
Hard Bullet Proof Vest
The hard police bullet proof vest offers the highest protection level among the body armors. It can protect the user from a wide range of firearms. If the soft body armor is effective for stopping bullets from low-powered hand guns, the hard body armor, on the other hand, is most effective for stopping bullets from armor-piercing rounds and high-powered rifles and other firearms. The hard police bullet proof vest is usually available on the ratings of Level III and Level IV.
The hard police bullet proof vest is commonly made up of ceramic, metal and dyneema. The metal is the most commonly used before, but now, things are changing. The ceramic and the dyneema are already more popular today in hard armor police bullet proof vest because they are lighter, and offers the same protection and security level as the metal.