For policemen in one bay area city, wearing a bullet-proof vest is no longer a matter of choice. Effective immediately, protective gear will be a requirement, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Deputy Chief JJ Lewis says the mandate was in the works before Monday’s shooting that took the life of St. Petersburg Officer David Crawford.

Crawford reportedly was not wearing a vest when he was killed.

The department will receive federal grant funding for half the cost of the vests, provided all officers wear them while on duty.

Chief Michael Radzilowski told the Bradenton Herald that the policy hasn’t met much resistance.

“Most officers wear them anyway,” he said.

Source: Kristal Roberts for ABC Action News.

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