Phoenix P.D. and Arizona Department of Public Safety plan on replacing ballistic vests.

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About 50 Phoenix police officers will have to replace their ballistic vests after the department announced that a particular brand of vest failed a test and allowed a bullet to pass through.

Those officers join 56 from the Arizona Department of Public Safety with vests manufactured by Custom Armor Technologies needing replacement. But the other large law-enforcement agencies in the Valley — Mesa Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office — discovered they will not have to replace any vests after researching the specific manufacturers and model numbers of the vests their officers wear.

Phoenix authorized any officers with Custom Armor vests to replace them and will pay officers $800 for the old vests once they have purchased replacements, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a department spokesman.

Source: JJ Hensley for The Republic.

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