Amarillo College police officers will soon be wearing rifle-resistant vests.
That’s all thanks to grant money from the state.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced $23 million dollars in grant funding last week to provide rifle resistant vests for police officers in the state.
“The law also provides more resources and tools to better protect our law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line by providing them the rifle resistant vests,” said Governor Greg Abbott, when the announcement was made January 9.
That grant money is something Amarillo College’s Police Department is taking advantage of.
They have been awarded nearly $9,000 to pay for rifle-resistant vests.
“Anytime you can get access to free equipment or cheaper equipment you try for it. It doesn’t put strains on the Amarillo College budget, it was something the government decided to give us and it helps all of us out,” said Stephanie Birkenfeld, Amarillo College’s Chief of Police.
Birkenfeld says these vests will offer maximum protection and boost safety for the 11 officers at the multiple campuses.
“The body armor for Amarillo College is a great thing, if the worst day happens here we are going to be prepared, we are going to have the equipment we need to help protect everybody.”
Officers do currently wear bulletproof vests but the new equipment will be able to withstand high powered rounds, adding to the officer’s protection.
Birkenfeld expects the officers to have their new vests in the next several weeks.