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The Department of Homeland Security has awarded more than $70,000 to the San Juan Police Department in order to provide them with 12 full suits of tactical body armor and other items.

The suits will provide full protection from head to toe to the members of the Law Enforcement and Emergency Regional Response Team and the San Juan police SWAT team, police Chief Juan Gonzalez said. The additions will bring to 24 the number of full sets at their disposal.

The equipment the members received includes leg protectors, chaps, vests with ballistic plates, helmets, face shields and one rapid-response vest.

“All this gear may seem excessive to some, but at the end of the day I want all of my guys to come home,” Flores said as he tried on the gear. “Like with all things, the gear may seem heavy or restrictive at first, but once you train enough with it, you don’t even know you are wearing it.”

Source: Ildefonso Ortiz for The Monitor.

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