Texas provides grant funds for 32,000 rifle resistant vests for cops
By Chris Eger
Grant money for $23 million worth of ballistic vests designed to protect against rifle fire is on the way to departments across Texas. (Photo: Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle)
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott this week announced funding for millions of dollars worth of rifle-resistant vests to police departments across the Lone Star State.
The more than $23 million provided to Texas law enforcement agencies of all sizes comes as a result of a successful Senate bill signed into law last year. In all, 453 agencies will divvy up money for 32,842 vests designed to better withstand rifle rounds than traditional soft body armor typically used by police in the state. The move follows a deadly 2016 encounter in which a subject armed with a rifle ambushed and killed five officers in Dallas at the end of a protest.
“The job of our law enforcement community is becoming more difficult as the threats our officers face continue to increase,” said Abbott in a statement, timed to coincide with Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. “The State of Texas will not sit idly by and tolerate these actions against officers who are simply doing their job to uphold the law and protect the people of Texas.”
Dallas was among the