I'm about to go to the detention side from Reserves. Very little is issued and it's up to me to purchase most items, including body armor if desired. What should/do I look for? I've looked at bulletproofme.com but I'm not sure what's good and not. I figured I wanted a IIIA with some spike/stab protection. Sidearms are .40 so level II should resist that. Am I going overboard on the IIIA? The patrol guys all had something issued to them different from the next guy so it's tough to get a feel for what is liked from a wide spectrum of deputies. They have a mix of II and IIIA. Of course I want to keep the cost as low as possible; however, I don't want to skimp on quality/protection. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!