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The VBC Mission

Gather the best available data from law enforcment professionals on how to train, deploy, and care for this critical piece of tactical gear. Todays increasingly violent urban, and rural streets, has increased the need for ballistic protection beyond the vest.


By sharing information in these three basic areas of "Shield Protocol", we can help increase the safety of those who serve and protect nation wide. Please feel free to post articals, links, suggestions, and constructive criticism.


Everrett "Todd" Garrett 

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Active Shooter Kit Bag and Shield all in one.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Venture Ballistic Composites Inc introduced the new Active Shooter Kit Bag and Shield all in one at the 2014 NTOA Mobile Alabama Conference.

NTOA Gulf Coast Conference & Expo

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)



Join Venture Ballistics in Mobile Alabama, Sept 20-23, 2014

NTOA is returning to the magnificent Gulf Coast for the 31st Annual Tactical Conference and Trade Show! Mobile, Alabama is our destination and the local law enforcement’s Southern hospitality guarantees a successful week of training, networking and discovering VBC custom designed ballistic shields. VBC shields are the most affordable, lightweight, and extreme shields on the market today.  See you in Mobile at booth 322.

FBI Report - Transnational Gang Threat

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Transnational Gang Threat


About This Series recently accompanied a group of 22 community leaders and law enforcement officers from the U.S. and six Central American countries as they took part in CACIE—the Central American Community Impact Exchange program—an innovative training program whose mission is to deter young people from joining violent transnational gangs.


- Part 1: Joining Forces to Meet the Challenge

- Part 2: Building Partnerships That Last

- Part 3: Overcoming the Language Barrier

- Part 4: Adding Prevention to Intervention

AS-3A Ballistic Shield - Wilmington North Carolina Police Department SWAT

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Venture Ballistic Composites is proud to announce that the Wilmington North Carolina Police Department SWAT team is the first recipient of a new donated AS-3A "Active Shooter" aerospace designed ballistic shield.  This extreme and rugged NIJ Level IIIA ballistic shield was designed for deployment in-or-out of the vehicle.  Weighing in at only 9 Lbs, it is one of the lightest ballistic shields on the market today.  VBC will be donating one AS-3A aerospace designed ballistic shield each month for the duration of 2014.  To register your department please visit the VBC web site at: http/

Ballistic Shield Reviews - Tactical Response Magazine

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Tactical Response Magazine - Ballistic Shields for the Patrol Officer

Tactical Response Magazine June 2014

Patrol Use of Shields

Written by Bevan, Melanie, Lord, Robert

A More Ambitious Practice

In June 2010, Polk County, Fla. Sheriff’s Deputies Paul Fairbanks and Michael Braswell were shot in the line of duty during an early morning encounter with a person riding a bicycle with no light. The suspect was shot and killed and both deputies survived the attack. Shortly thereafter, Polk County Florida Sheriff Grady Judd formed a committee, wherein the decision was made to provide every patrol deputy with a ballistic shield, likely the first large agency in Florida and perhaps the only agency of its size in the nation to do so.

In order to purchase and deploy one shield for every deputy, the agency chose 17-inch by 29-inch ballistic shields. These are smaller than the more common full size 24-inch by 36-inch shields; however, they provide adequate head, neck and upper torso Threat Level IIIA ballistic protection with a viewport. The smaller size allows for easier, front seat storage and deployment of the shields, an advantage over standard size shields.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office also worked with a shield manufacturer, Venture Ballistics, to slightly modify the standard design to one that better accommodated their agency’s needs. This new design is currently sold under the name “First Responder.” Every officer received shield training and, according to then Sgt. Mike Hughes of the training unit, a strong emphasis was placed on when and when not to deploy the shields, what rounds they can stop, and what rounds they can’t.

The shields have been in use in the field for more than two years and have been put to good use. They have an expected life span of five years, according to the manufacturer, and at around $600 per shield were reasonably priced.