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Certification NIJ Level IIIA, US Invention & Patent

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level IIIA

There are several Levels of certification such as NIJ Level I, II, IIA, IIIA, III and IV for police officer protective equipment such as vests, shields and helmets. The Cop Shield was designed and manufactured to meet Level IIIA, which is the most prevalent level used by police forces. This ballistic level capability provides protection against most handgun and shotgun threats.

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For NIJ information as to the ballistic requirements to meet those Levels, please refer to:

CSI had several prototypes manufactured prior to the 2018 production stage. Two previous protos were successfully tested by two North American approved test centers including HP White Laboratory, Inc. which is located in Maryland.

The final pre-production Cop Shield was successfully tested recently in November 2019 by NTS-Chesapeake Testing, Belcamp, MD. 

US Inventor & Patent

Gene O'Donnell, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the inventor and patent owner of this ballistic folding shield for Law Enforcement personnel. The Patent Number is US 6,990,887 B1.  The folding shield invention was subsequently developed to a full product, under the name « Cop Shield ».

Gene had a distinguished 32-year career at the FBI Laboratory Unit Supervisor, Special Projects Unit, in Quantico Virginia. Gene was nominated four times for the FBI Director’s Award, and was a FBI nominee for the Department of Justice Lifetime Achievement Award. Gene is currently a Freelance Consultant and a writer.

The Faces of Crime by Gene O'Donnell

FBI Forensic Artist and Laboratory Supervisor Gene O'Donnell traveled the world for 32 years to draw the faces of criminals waiting for him in the memories of their victims. Sometimes the only witnesses he had were the skeletal remains found along a lonesome highway.