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Visclosky asks  to authorize bulletproof vests again

Updated: March 26, 2013 12:04PM



CROWN POINT — United States Reps. Pete Visclosky D-Ind., and Frank LoBiondo R-N.J. are working across the aisle to introduce a four-year reauthorization of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program.

The two congressmen created the BVP program in 1999.

Cedar Lake has acquired at least 40 vests and Crown Point 71. Lowell has gotten all of the vests for its officers from the program. This is a 50/50 federal grant. The last reauthorization of this program expired in 2012.

“The men and women in our local law enforcement play an essential role in safeguarding our communities and protecting the freedoms all of us enjoy. Bulletproof vests and body armor have saved thousands of law enforcement officers. However, they cannot protect the lives of those who do not have access to them,” LoBiondo said in a statement issued last week. He added, “As protectors of our lives and our property, it is imperative that we give law enforcement the critical tools they need so they may do their jobs and carry out their duties safely and effectively. ”

Visclosky was recently home to honor the paramedics that helped the east coast when Sandy hit.

“Our families have entrusted the men and women of state and local law enforcement with the responsibility of protecting their lives, their homes, and their property. We must ensure that each and every officer
has access to the equipment, training, and support they need as they place their lives on the line for us. Bulletproof vests are crucial, lifesaving tools, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program helps local law enforcement agencies acquire them,” Visclosky said.

Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions across the country have participated in the BVP program with nearly $300 million in federal funds committed to support the purchase of more than one million vests.



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