OPD gets new bulletproof vests
ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) -The job of a police officer in Odessa is getting a little safer.
The Odessa Police Department is receiving forty-eight new vests. The order for which was approved by the city council earlier this week.
The new gear is costing a little over one-hundred six thousand dollars.
Donations made by the non-profit ‘Bustin’ for Badges’ will help pay for a chunk of that price tag.
The vests will include a rifle plate, which provides more protection.
Chief Michael Gerke at the Odessa Police Department said the vests need to be switched over after a certain period of time.
“Vests have a life of about 5 years, so every 5 years a vest has to be replaced. So it’s an ongoing expense and what you don’t want to do is replace all two hundred vests at one time. So it’s a staggered process”, says Gerke.
Gerke added the new vests will be arriving within the next few weeks.
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