NYPD Upgrades Gear After Police Shootings
New York Police Department officials have acquired $7 million in military-style protective equipment for patrol officers. The move comes in response to recent attacks on police, Reuters reports.
“Not a police department in America is spending as much money, as much thought and interest on this issue of officer safety. You name it, we’re buying it,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference on Monday.
Bratton says the department has attained more than 20,0000 military-style helmets, 6,000 heavy duty bullet-proof vests, trauma kits and ballistic doors and windows for patrol cars.
The commissioner said the bullet-proof vests are equipped to prevent several rounds fired from the type of weapon used in the recent shootings that killed officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“Obviously all over the country people have been deeply troubled by the attack on our officers. We made this decision quickly in light of the challenges we face,” added Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Special units within the NYPD are already armed with protective gear like the upgraded equipment. Since patrol officers are more likely to respond to shooting incidents, they will now have access to carry to the new equipment starting in September.
According to officials, nearly half of the police departments in the 20 biggest U.S. cities issued directives requiring patrol officers to pair up while on duty.