The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Brookhaven Police Department a $14,260 grant for bulletproof vests Thursday.
money will be used to reimburse the city for the 55
American Body Armor vests purchased earlier this year. The federal grant
about half of the police department’s total cost for the vests.
is our number one priority,” Police Chief Gary Yandura said. “These
vests are part of our uniform and essential to our police operations.
This grant helps
us not only stay safe, but be fiscally responsible with Brookhaven’s
be eligible for the funds, police departments must have a policy
requiring officers to wear vests, as well as a mission that focuses on
safety and training.
U.S. Department of Justice’s Bulletproof Vest Partnership has purchased
more than 1.1 million vests for more than 13,000 law enforcement
agencies since the program’s
1999 inception. According to the Justice Department, at least 33
officers’ lives were saved nationally in fiscal year 2012 because of
protective vests. This was a 13.7 percent increase compared to 2011.