City accepts state funds for rifle-resistant body armor

City accepts state funds for rifle-resistant body armor

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The city accepts the state's grant to provide rifle-resistant body armor for police officers.

 It's part of a grant program set up by the governor's office. It awards more than $187,000 to purchase 375 vests. They're designed specifically to protect against high-caliber rifle rounds.

Chief Stevens says the vests aren't intended to be worn all the time. Like shotguns and assault rifles, they'll be donned by officers when they confront a potentially life-threatening situation.

In total, the state's providing more than 32,000 vests to officers, deputies, and agents.

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