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Federal Protective Service plans to procure all sorts of riot protection gear

Centurion CPX2500

In an effort to outfit law enforcement officers who work for the Federal Protective Service (FPS0, DHS has issued a small business set-aside solicitation for a wide variety of personnel protective equipment, including upper body and shoulder protection, thigh-groin protectors, hard shell shin guards, riot helmets, tactical gloves and much more.

The items, quantities and characteristics of the required gear were outlined in a solicitation issued on June 10 by the office of the chief procurement officer at DHS.

Included in that equipment roster, which had to be “Brand Name or Equal,” were:

  • 111 Centurion CPX2500 Soft Shell Riot Control System upper body and shoulder protection, which must “effectively protect the torso and shoulders from blunt force trauma,” the solicitation said.
  • 123 Centurion TPX200 thigh/groin protection systems “designed for blunt trauma protection during riot control situations,” said the solicitation. The gear “protects the thigh area and has an adjustable and removable groin protector.”
  • 110 Hatch TS70 Centurion hard shell shin guards, which must provide “substantial protection from flying debris. Non-ballistic weapons, and blows to the leg.”
  • 189 MaxPro-Police riot helmets, which have a “high impact molded half shell helmet with integral visor and neck protector.”

The protection equipment will be ordered under a one-year base period (running July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014), plus four one-year option periods, says the solicitation, which will conducted as a third party reverse auction on FedBid, Inc.

The equipment must be delivered to a Federal Protective Service facility in Alexandria, VA, within 45 days of the award.

Further information is available from Melissa Weindel, a contract specialist, at 215-521-2266 or melissa.weindel@dhs.gov