The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has purchased a total of $7.3 million worth of ballistic equipment from the Safariland Group, the company announced last week.
The Safariland Group’s ballistic equipment being readied for deployment to the NYPD includes 20,000 high-performance Delta 4 helmets, 12,000 Hardwire Type III armor plates, and 6,000 TAC PR plate racks.
The new personal protective equipment, which patrol officers will begin carrying in September, is engineered to protect law enforcement personnel from ballistic threats.
New York City officials discussed the equipment upgrades at a news conference held on July 25, 2016.
Police Commissioner William Bratton, who recently announced he would be stepping down from his position for a job in the private sector, said the purchase was necessary for the current direction of the NYPD.
“To deal with issues of terrorism, crime and trust-building, we are going to place increased emphasis on training enhancement and improvements, as well as technology and equipment acquisition,” Bratton said in a statement.
“In the course of this last week, we came to the decision that we wanted to get this additional equipment, and we wanted to get it fast, to protect our officers,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio added.
For more law enforcement products from Safariland, please visit Safariland.com.