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Bulletproof Vest Program (BVP)

This program helps supply police officers with the best lifesaving equipment available.

The Bulletproof Vest Program (BVP) provides reimbursement to eligible police departments that have already applied for reimbursement from the federal government under the Bureau of Justice Assistance Federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998. As funding is limited, reimbursement is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

BVP Overview

The State BVP Program is intended to provide reimbursement for:

  • the replacement of any bulletproof vest which was manufactured with Zylon
  • the replacement of any bulletproof vest which was purchased on or after July 1, 2000 and is older than 5 years from the date of such purchase
  • the purchase of a bulletproof vest for an individual who had not been issued a bulletproof vest previously by such purchasing law enforcement jurisdiction; provided further, that as a condition of receipt of a grant awarded under this item, the recipient shall have made application for reimbursement to any federal grant program established by the U.S. Department of Justice to assist in the purchase of bulletproof vests, unless the replacement of a vest manufactured with Zylon would be ineligible for reimbursement based on the date of purchase; provided further, that any such costs that are not reimbursed through the receipt of funds from any such federal grant program shall be awarded to an eligible recipient; provided further, that any bulletproof vest which was manufactured with Zylon and has been replaced prior to the effective date of this appropriation shall be reimbursed for the entire replacement cost, less any funds received for such replacement from any federal or state BVP; provided further, that as a condition for reimbursement, the model type of any such bulletproof vest purchased shall meet the National Institute of Justice Requirements for bullet-resistant body armor in effect at the time of the purchase; provided further, that all applicants for grants under this item shall submit any documentation required by the secretary as a condition of reimbursement. 

Please be advised, the current Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standard Contract form for the BVP expired on February 28, 2017. All BVP requests will need to include a new five-year Standard Contract, which can be found below. This new contract will cover the time period between March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2022.


Applying for BVP Reimbursement

Before Applying for State Reimbursement:

  • Local police departments and other eligible law enforcement agencies must first apply for reimbursement through the Federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program at Proof of the approval or payment of the federal reimbursement request will be required in order to request state reimbursement.

Materials to be Submitted with All Requests for State Reimbursement

  • A Cover letter signed by the Chief of Police stating the vest threat level(s) and that officers receiving vests are graduates of recognized training academies. Please copy and paste the language from this document onto department letterhead. 
  • One or both of the following forms must be filled out completely and accurately:
    • First-Time Vest Form 
    • Replacement Vest Form for vests more than five-years old
  • A copy of the purchase receipt(s) for all vests.
  • A copy of the screen print from the Federal BVP that shows approval of the request for reimbursement including the amount or proof of payment. Please note that the preliminary screen print that merely acknowledges receipt of the receipt for the request for reimbursement is insufficient. A bank statement or other bank document reflecting a deposit from the DOJ to the city's or town's bank account in the amount of the reimbursement would be a suitable substitute. 
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standard Contract Form or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Interdepartmental Service Agreement (ISA) Form must be completed and signed by an Authorized Signatory and submitted with the first application for reimbursement under this new contract. Once executed, that Contract/ISA will be in effect through February 28, 2022. 
  • The Scope of Work to be attached to the contract form.
  • The Chief of Police or Chief Executive Officer of the agency seeking reimbursement must review and sign the current BVP Grant Conditions Form 
  • Contractor Authorized Form - Please read all instructions provided on the Helpful Hints for Completing an Authorized Signatory Listing Form and view the sample form. 
  • Officer(s) receiving vest must be full-time or part-time, sworn personnel of state or local police departments. Certain personnel of other agencies within the Executive Office of Public Safety, as determined by the Secretary of Public Safety, may be eligible. Officers must have graduated from a recognized Police or Reserve Intermittent Academy.
  • Vests purchased must be Threat Levels II, IIA, or IIIA.
  • Vests purchased must be certified by the National Institute of Justice.
  • Vests must be purchased in accordance with the provisions of Mass General Laws Chapter 30B and the policies and procedures of your agency regarding procurement issues.
  • Vests acquired through this program are the property of the police department.
  • The Federal Bulletproof Partnership Program may provide up to 50% reimbursement toward vests purchased.
  • Any funds received as a result of litigation concerning Zylon vests must also be used to reduce the cost of new vests and relevant documents should be included with requests for reimbursement.
  • As funding is limited, reimbursement under the State BVP is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Requests for reimbursement and all supporting materials should be mailed or delivered to:

EOPSS, Office of Grants and Research
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3720
Boston, MA 02116
Attn: Elizabeth Flynn

Documents required for submission are provided below and in the following "Additional Information" section. 

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Additional Information

The remaining documentation required for a BVP application is provided below.

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To Track Payments

You may obtain information about past or scheduled payments from the Commonwealth on VendorWeb. In order to login to VendorWeb, you will need you 12-character Vendor Code and the last four digits of your Tax Identification Number. Both items should be available from your city or town accounting/finance departments. 

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