Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

A new program in New York will help keep law enforcement officers across the state safe despite recent federal budget cuts.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman unveiled the inVEST Partnership Monday, a new statewide program that offers law enforcement agencies the opportunity to purchase bulletproof vests for sworn officers.

According to a release from Schneiderman:

In 1998, the federal government passed the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (“BVP”) Grant Act, which established a competitive grant program to provide up to 50 percent matching funds for state, county and local law enforcement organizations to purchase bulletproof vests. Unfortunately, because of partisan gridlock in Washington, BVP grants to departments in New York State have dropped precipitously in recent years. In fact, since peaking in 2010, grants awarded to law enforcement agencies in New York State decreased by 81 percent, or approximately $3.27 million.

The new inVEST Partnership from Schneiderman will restore cuts in funding to the BVP program.

“We cannot allow political wrangling in Washington to compromise the safety of New York’s law-enforcement community,” Schneiderman said in a release. “The inVEST Partnership will arm officers across our state with life-saving vests they might not otherwise have, adding a critical layer of safety to one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.”

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