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Major Bryan L. Young Assistant Chief - AdministrationVirginia Conservation PoliceP 804.367.0234 / M 540.537.1015Virginia Department of Game & Inland FisheriesA 7870 Villa Park Drive, Henrico, VA 23228 www.dgif.virginia.govCONSERVE. CONNECT. PROTECT.
We use those quite extensively in our agency. Love them. I think we got them direct from Mustang using their government purchase program.
Officer Scott Eveland, #782
Conservation Officer, NGPC Law Enforcement
NOTE NEW NUMBER SEPTEMBER 2019: 402-853-3273
If you're not set on low-profile and high bodily movement, consider hybrid types--inherent bouyancy + inflatable.
I have two types: a hybrid of inherent bouyancy + manual inflation that can be used in and offshore, and a type V inherent-only rescue vest.The former is good because it guarantees bouyancy in case of unexpected immersion and heavy-weather conditions.The latter is good for the same.
Those are not specifically for LE, so they may be too bulky for your needs, but you may find something.
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"The change which removed any impact speed rating from the UL 1123 PFD standard more than 10 years ago. The rating was determined to be largely misunderstood by the public and unnecessary as the test had no failures and was expensive to perform with either a boat or a helicopter to maintain speed over open water. The consensus of all of the members on the UL Standards Technical Panel for PFDs was that it served no useful purpose and there was no need to replace it because it could actually promote risky behavior. Many USCG approved PFDs are still out there with the speed rating verbiage on the label if they were manufactured before the change was implemented in their UL file."
"There was a UL speed rating, but this is no longer done now. This changed several years back, but you still might see PFDs that are sold with speed rating labels. The reason for this is the manufacturer hasn't changed their labels because nothing else has changed on their PFD that would require them to be looked at for their CG approval number."There is also much discussion now regarding neutral buoyancy. The CG has changed their inflatable CO2 cylinders to a "half-charge" of 15-17 grams. This allows the boat crew in a cabin boat to egress, and then fill the bladder after with the oral inflation tube.Neutral buoyancy is also a factor if you are in the water and need to submerge (either due to a vessel that may hit you, or to disengage a combative PIW, tactical situation etc.Ross Johnston from First Watch recently asked this question, "On that subject – is there a need or potential to reduce or eliminate the need for duty belts on marine officers? Just wondering if there's a way to move gear away from the belt and up to the upper body in a combination life jacket and utility vest. Thanks for any opinions you may have." There are some manufacturers doing this already with a Molle ballistic integrated vest, eliminating the need for a duty belt.Hope this helps!
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