Don't these police depts TEST the vests before buying them?
This is what happens with the continuing dumbing down of America - even the police assume it is somebody else's responsibility.
"Hey man, it ain't my job" goes the union mantra.
Basically they drape the vest over nonhardening, oil base modeling clay, and measure the dent in the clay.
It means very little relative to whether the vest would actually protect the wearer against the specified threat rounds.
IOW, it's mostly unscientific BS.