There are no questions that there is a need for armored police vehicles, but we suggest caution when reading or listening to the marketing claims concerning the vehicles capability to stop rounds.
Last month Government Fleet Magazine interviewed two manufacturers of armored doors and side windows for police vehicles.
This was a comment from one of the vehicle manufacturers:
“Patrol vehicle window armor is extremely tough, according to Tunis. Answering a question about multiple shot capabilities, he says, “You can shoot it all day and not penetrate it. At some point, it just fills up with lead.”
We would hope that most LEO’s would know the inaccuracy of that comment. The comment creates a false sense of safety, it is dangerous, and in our opinion, irresponsible.
We have been involved with armored vehicles for over 35 years, and we offer this suggestion; armors role is to stop the initial rounds and allow the occupants the ability to move the vehicle away from the threat or return fire.