The attacks on our law enforcement community, the "Thin Blue Line", and the increase in violence initiated against police officers is appalling. So what can be done to help protect our law enforcement officers? One significant answer to this question is Cide Shields.
Cide Shields were invented for the purpose of providing ballistic protection for the head, face and neck combined with a light-source. That way officers had a device that accomplished two things, illumination and protection.
Replacing a single light in your hand with an extremely bright (1,000 to 2,000 Lumen) high-intensity flood light system, protected behind a transparent protective mini-shield, significantly addresses six potentially deadly threats faced by our brave men and women responders, without altering patrol tactics.
Cide Shields provide unrealized protections against the six threats most faced by our law enforcement, security personnel and defenders. That being; Ballistic, Edged Weapons, Animal, Chemical and Physical attacks. With no visual distortion, Cide Shields extend protections provided by the ballistic vest, without altering tactical responses to any situation. By simply replacing the flashlight with a Cide Shield, you now have a tactical advantage against threats with increased illumination and unobstructed facial protections.
Since it is our uniformed patrol and security personnel who are facing the greatest threat of attack, having additional protections when walking up on traffic stops, unknown trouble calls, domestic violence situations and check subjects calls only makes sense.
Standard equipment on each Cide Shield is our 1,000 or 2,000 Lumen ultra-bright flood light system, which is protected behind the transparent shielding material. The dual light system is independently wired for increased reliability and assurance there will be light when needed.
When facing the most dangerous situations or having the difficult task of reacting to anothers offensive actions, Cide Shields provide both immediate protection and superior illumination.
Significant to our transparent ballistic material is the capture capabilities of fired rounds. Even at 45 degree angles our shields captured rounds fired into them, lessoning the chances of rounds bouncing off the shield and striking innocent bystanders or fellow responders. Captured rounds eliminate the need to search for fired round evidence, which is another important point.
National Institute of Justice Tested
We have conducted both internal and external ballistic testing of our shields against these rounds, at both 90 and 45 degree angles, with zero penetration.
Then we contacted the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), who advised our shields did not need to be certified. We had it done anyway because having a federally approved independent testing lab conduct NIJ ballistic testing is just that important.
We utilized the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) ballistic standard 108.01, and had an accredited testing laboratory conduct the tests and evaluation. The result of their testing has concluded our Ballistic rating at a NIJ Level II.