German police are hailing its new 'bullet-proof bra' as protection that could help protect thousands of female police officers in Germany and around the world.
The policewoman who came up with the idea says normal bras just don't work and can actually be dangerous when worn in combination with a bullet-proof vest.
"The impact of a bullet can push the metal and plastic bits of the bra into an officer's body, causing serious injury," says Carmen Kibat. "I always thought normal bras posed a safety risk and I wanted to change that. These new bras are very important and they will help all our women officers."
Dozens of German policewomen have already tested the new bras and, after a two-month long trial, the underwear is being issued to officers as part of their uniform.
The bra looks much like a sports bras. They are padded and made from cotton or polyester. Importantly, though, the bras do not use any under-wire or fastener made out of metal or plastic.
In all, more than 3,000 front-line women police officers across Germany are being encouraged to wear the new bras on duty, but a police spokesman pointed out that the new bras "are optional".