Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Seeking Federal Grant to Buy New Bulletproof Vests

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Seeking Federal Grant to Buy New Bulletproof Vests

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The Ross Township Police Department has turned to the U.S. Justice Department for help in replacing its officers' bulletproof vests, which this year will reach the end of their five-year expected life spans.

Ross commissioners have earmarked $20,000 for the purchase of new vests, but that will not cover the entire cost, said police Lt. Robert Bellan, who is coordinating the purchase.

He said the department will seek a grant from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program administered by the Justice Department, which provides matching funds to law enforcement agencies to buy bulletproof vests.

The department will order the vests from a different manufacturer this time in the wake of controversy over the actions of Second Chance Body Armor, which produced the vests the department currently uses.

After a Forest Hills police officer was wounded while wearing a Second Chance vest in 2003, reports surfaced that the fabric the vests were made of, called Zylon, might be flawed or unstable. …

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