On November 26, 2011, Officer Anthony Daley, 9190, was critically injured when he was shot in the line of duty. Due to his injuries resulting from what may have been a ballistic vest failure, PLEA, in partnership with the Phoenix Police Department, is seeking a ballistic vest of the same make, model, and preferably lot number, as Officer Daley was wearing in order to perform further testing. This would ensure the vests comply with NIJ standards and are safe for use.
We are looking for an officer with the below listed vest and request they contact PLEA President Joe Clure in order to provide the vest for testing. The department will reset the officers’ vest reimbursement benefit, allowing for the purchase of a new vest. PLEA has made arrangements with Oregon Ballistic Laboratories to conduct an independent third party testing on the vest. Oregon Ballistic Laboratories has agreed to conduct this testing at no cost due to the officer safety concerns involved. Please check your vest to see if it meets the criteria listed below and and contact PLEA as soon as possible.