Connecticut State Police Patch STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
October 11, 2006


INTO IACP/Dupont Kevlar Survivors Club®

Det. Sivori recognized for having foresight to wear Protective Vest

      The IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors Club®, an organization dedicated to reducing death and disability among police officers by encouraging the use of personal body armor, will induct Connecticut State Police Detective Daniel J. Sivori into its membership.  Detective Sivori will be recognized during a ceremony held in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) 113th Annual Conference, which begins Saturday, October 14 in Boston.

     “Since 1987, there have been more than 3,000 documented cases of law enforcement officers who have survived life threatening injuries because they were protected by their body armor,” said IACP President Mary Ann Viverette.  “Unfortunately, far too many of today’s on-duty field and investigative personnel – an estimated 200,000 officers – do not routinely wear soft body armor.  Our hope is that survival stories like Detective Sivori’s will inspire others to wear vests and, where needed, upgrade outdated vests.”

      On the night of March 14, 2006, Detective Sivori and two fellow officers were regulating construction traffic when two suspects fleeing an armed robbery became trapped by the traffic congestion.  The officers engaged the suspects, but as the driver of the vehicle was being handcuffed, the suspect in the passenger seat raised his pistol.  One of the officers on the scene jumped into the vehicle to subdue him, at which point he sustained a gunshot wound.  Detective Sivori quickly moved to assist his fellow officer and was subsequently hit by two bullets, the second of which struck him in the center of the chest.  The second bullet was stopped by his body armor, thereby allowing Detective Sivori to remain on the scene and help safely extract the wounded officer from the vehicle.   Detective Sivori and the other officer are now recovering. 

      “Like a badge, body armor should be considered an essential part of the law enforcement officer’s uniform.  You can never know what may happen out there and wearing a vest provides an additional layer of protection that can mean the difference between life or death,” said Detective Sivori.  

      “Soft body armor has been providing enhanced officer safety for more than three decades, but the best body armor available is worthless unless it is worn,” added Ronald McBride, law enforcement consultant for the IACP/Dupont Kevlar Survivors’ Club®.

      The IACP and DuPont co-sponsor the IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors' Club®.  Comprised of officers who have survived potentially fatal or disabling injuries through the use of personal body armor, the Club pays tribute to those with the foresight to "Dress for Survival."  To date, there have been more than 3,000 documented cases in which law enforcement officers have been saved by their personal body armor.

      The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 20,000 members in over 89 different countries.  IACP's leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state and local agencies of all sizes.

      DuPont is a science company.  Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.