SUGAR LAND, Texas- The Sugar Land Police Department will purchase "active-shooter" ballistic vests to protect officers in situations with high-powered rifles.
“Across the nation, tension remains high between citizens and law enforcement officers,” said Police Chief Doug Brinkley.
The department purchased an additional 27 vests with an $11,000 donation from the Houston Federal Credit Union.
The new ballistic vests will be worn on top of officers’ current vests .The department currently uses a standard vest, but it is not equipped to provide protection from high-powered rifles.
“According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, the number of officers killed by gunfire in 2016 has increased by 75 percent, raising the total to 28," said Brinkley. "On July 8, 2016, this statistic rose drastically when a gunman killed five police officers in Dallas. More commonly, active shooters are using high-powered rifles, such as the AK47, to inflict injury.”
Prior to this donation, the City Council approved the purchase of 52 “active-shooter” ballistic vests for each vehicle in SLPD’s patrol fleet.
(© 2016 KHOU)