YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The U.S. Senate has allocated $808,198.45 in federal funding to purchase 13,005 bulletproof vests for 192 police departments throughout the state.
Westchester County will receive 356 vests, with 15 going to Yorktown. The funding was allocated through the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Bulletproof Vest Partnership program.
“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,” said Sen. Charles Schumer. “With over 13,000 new bulletproof vests, officers and other law enforcement officials across New York can feel safer while they’re out on the beat keeping our communities safe.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand added, “This federal funding for new vests is welcome news for New York’s police officers, who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. 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. I was proud to fight for this funding and I will continue to support efforts in the Senate to protect our officers in the line of duty.”