ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced over $808,000 in new federal funding to purchase bulletproof vests for police in New York. Over 13,000 vests will be provided to police officers across 192 jurisdictions.
The funding was allocated through the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Bulletproof Vest Partnership program to purchase new bulletproof vests, and will also provide reimbursement to state and local law enforcement agencies for purchase of bulletproof vests.
“This massive federal investment will ensure that the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe are equipped with the life-saving gear they need to protect themselves,” Sen. Schumer said.
The Office of Justice Assistance aims to build stronger community relationships by focusing on officer safety, wellness and resilience, active shooter response and de-escalation training.
“In a dangerous situation, a bulletproof vest might be the only barrier between life and death for an officer. We have to make sure our brave officers are using equipment that is up-to-date and effective,” Sen. Gillibrand, who was proud to fight for this funding, said.
The Justice Assistance Bulletproof Vest Partnership program prioritizes jurisdictions with 100,000 or less residents. Cities receiving funding are required to use National Institute of Justice approved vendors to replace vests recently damaged or older than five years.