The core duty of Police officers is to maintain public order, prevent and detect crimes. Often, accomplishing their tasks can be dangerous. Courtesy of a research project of Engineers from Utah’s Brigham Young University, they developed a bulletproof and lightweight shield that will protect Police officers from gunshots, the Kevlar barrier. They adopt the art of Origami as an inspiration for their creation. According to the professor who participated in the project, Larry Howell, creating the shield is an opportunity to recognize and respond to the police needs. Researchers found that the police officers shields are cumbersome, cannot be easily carried and can’t protect two to three officers at the same time. During the process of development, engineers are more motivated to produce this lifesaving shield.
Created by the University’s research group for Complaint Mechanism, the Kevlar barrier is a freestanding shield, and it only takes a matter of seconds to deploy fully. Based on the Origami pattern, Yoshimura, it is built with 12 layers of bulletproof Kevlar, with an aluminum core to fuse together in the middle. It is designed with a curved outline that safeguards them from the front and sides.
Meanwhile, engineers next phase are to solidify and refine the Kevlar barrier and make improvements for efficient production. There are others who are interested in making a smaller model and use as personal protection in any case.