Brownsville PD to receive state funds for bullet-proof vests

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Greg Abbot was in Dallas Tuesday with big news for law enforcement: $23 million is now available to help buy rifle-resistant vests for 33,000 Texas police officers. "That is why I'm proud to present these grants to Police Department's across Texas so they can equip their officers with the life-saving equipment they deserve".

Some of the larger departments in the state, such as Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and the Harris County Sheriff's Department, will receive thousands of vests worth millions of dollars.

"For officers, it can definitely be a boost for us knowing we have the added protection", said Denison Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Eppler.

The city estimated the cost of replacing the armor plates is about $81,000. Today is also Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The new vests protect against high-caliber rounds and are heavier than the vests worn daily by routine patrol deputies, Kirk said. See a full list of agencies and the number of vests received below.

The personnel at each department will decide whether they want the vests.

Abbott, along with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and state Senator Royce West were among other state legislators and law enforcement officers there for the announcement in Dallas.

The department will collect $74,100 for the purchase of rifle resistant vests for sworn officers, according to a release.

A list of the departments receiving the grants is below.

"You never know what you're going to face", he said.

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