Denison Approves Application for New Police Body Armor

The Denison City Council approved a request by the police department to pursue a grant for rifle-resistant body armor for 11 Denison Police officers. The grant, offered through the Office of the Governor and the Criminal Justice Division, was created after five Dallas police officers were shot in July of last year.

The grant was created through Senate Bill 12 and allocated additional funding to assist agencies in the purchase of rifle-resistant body armor. The $4,800 being sought would allow the city to purchase 22 sets of armor for the 11 officers that are requesting it.

“After the Dallas massacre, people determined that we need more protection,” Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said Monday in a phone interview.

Lt. Paul Neumann said officers currently wear a ballistic vest that is gauged to resist most handgun ammunition. The additional armor would be slipped into the existing vests and offer resistance for most rifle ammunition, including bullets used in high-power weapons such as the AR-15, Eppler said.Read more

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Tactical Gear Donation Comes 1 Day After Officers Come Under Fire

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – 11 News is working to find out what led up to a shooting in Colorado Springs Monday night. About 24 hours after first responders came under fire in an active shooter situation, a donation of tactical gear was made to protect those who serve our community.

Police dispatch recordings from Monday night give a little insight into what emergency crews were up against when they responded to a call of shots fired that left two people injured before the suspected shooter and another person were found dead.

“Command we’re taking fire, we’re taking fire.” An officer on scene called out over dispatch on Monday night.

It was a massive, active and chaotic scene at Academy and Village Road South. With two confirmed shooting victims, the shooter continued firing shots in the direction of first responders.

“Be advised, from his second-floor window to the north, he has a view of anybody at the entryway so if you’re up there take cover.” An officer could be heard over the scanner describing the location of the shooter. Read more

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The Army Is Getting Deadlier Stryker Armored Vehicles to Protect Europe From Russia

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The U.S. Army’s only ground combat unit in Europe, the Second Cavalry, is getting better armored vehicles complete with heavier guns and built-in anti-tank guided missiles. It’s all part of a response to Moscow’s military aggression in the region, giving the regiment’s light armored vehicles the ability to defend themselves against Russian tank forces.

The end of the Cold War was marked by a major drawdown in U.S. Army forces in Europe. During the 1980s, U.S. Army Europe was home to more than four combat divisions, who were facing down many more combat divisions from Warsaw Pact areas including East Germany, Poland, and beyond. As the threat of war evaporated most U.S. Army forces were called home and disbanded. The only ground combat unit left in Germany, the Second Cavalry Regiment, has only about 1/16 the vehicles and personnel of the U.S. Army in Germany in 1987. Read more

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Lompoc PD Shows Off New Armored Vehicle

The Lompoc Police Department has a new, one-of-a-kind piece of equipment meant to protect police officers while fighting crime.

It is an armored rescue vehicle in which officers can be protected while responding to any dangerous calls.

“No one day is ever the same and you have no idea what you are getting into the minute you slip your uniform on,” said Sgt. Kevin Martin.

No matter the situation, Sgt. Martin and his department are ready to deploy.

“This vehicle gives us an opportunity to get just about anywhere we need to get to safely,” he explained.

This bullet proof truck can not only guard officers against potential gunfire but also serve as a rescue resource. Read more

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SAS Soldiers Trial Star Wars-Style Bulletproof Helmets With Heat-Seeking Technology and ‘Friend or foe’ Vision

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SAS soldiers are trialling Star Wars-style bulletproof helmets in the war against terror.

The high-tech kit – dubbed the “Boba Fett helmet” after the hit movie’s bounty hunter – uses heat-seeking technology to hunt down enemies.

It picks up signals from other wearers through “friend or foe” vision and is air conditioned to protect against heat and gases.

Troops benefit from the GPS system that projects maps on to the visor.

And its super-strong plates can deflect gunshots and protects against shrapnel, blasts and fire.

The creators of the Devtac Ronin Kevlar Level IIIA Tactical Ballistic Helmet claim it’s “literally bullet proof”. Read more

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Monroe Co. Sheriff’s Dept. To Replace Expired Bullet-Proof Vests

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is getting 23 new bullet-proof vests after county commissioners approved funding for the purchase this week.

It’s the first time Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says he’s had to replace several expired vests at the same time. He says it’s the responsibility of the county to make sure officers are safe.

“We found there is a statute that, even with the uniform check, it’s still on the onus of county government – in our case – providing that,” Swain says.

A bullet-proof vest typically lasts up to five years. Swain says general wear & tear during that time provides enough concern for an upgrade. Read more

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Milpitas Police Allowed to Buy Armored Tactical Vehicle

Milpitas police would like to purchase a vehicle similar to this Lenco MedEvac to be used by its SWAT unit as well as medical personnel during crisis.  Courtesy of Lenco Armored Vehicles
Milpitas police would like to purchase a vehicle similar to this Lenco MedEvac to be used by its SWAT unit as well as medical personnel during crisis.
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The city’s police force has been authorized to buy an armor-plated vehicle to be used by its SWAT unit and medical personnel during emergencies.

But before Milpitas’ first-of-its kind SWAT vehicle can hit the streets, local authorities must gather more public input and craft a formal protocol over its use in the community.

The City Council voted unanimously on Aug. 15 to approve the purchase of a Lenco BearCat MedEvac emergency rescue vehicle for an amount not to exceed $382,308.51. Read more

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Bulletproof Vest Probably Saved New York Police Officer

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The frantic mother dialed 911 shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. She was concerned about her 29-year-old son. He was emotionally disturbed, she warned, but added that he was not armed or violent.

Two police officers were first to arrive at the woman’s home on Ridgewood Avenue in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn. One officer went inside and the other around back, after the mother said her son might try to flee, the authorities said.

But when the officer in the home approached a rear bedroom, the man came out with a gun, the police said. He fired several shots at the 30-year-old officer, striking him once in the right arm. Two other bullets pierced his police uniform but became lodged in his bulletproof vest, the authorities said.

An emergency medical worker in the home immediately started to provide aid, and the officer was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. He was in stable condition and alert on Thursday night, the police said. The police declined to release his name. Read more

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Cuyahoga County fire departments to get bulletproof vests to respond to active shooter incidents

LYNDHURTS, Ohio – The attack at Ohio State, the shooting at Chardon High School and the terror at Pusle Nighclub in Orlando. Tragedies in public places here in Ohio and across the country are changing how our firefighters and first responders do their jobs.

Departments in Cuyahoga County are preparing by gearing up with military grade equipment.

Ballistic vests and helmets may not be standard gear for the job, but it’s getting riskier for first responders, and another level of protection is a must. Read more

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Bomb Suit Tests show advanced materials offer More Protection and Greater Flexibility

The suit uses a range of advanced polymers to enable the necessary blast protection, while allowing a wide range of mobility. The skin of the suit is made from Nomex, a flame-resistant meta-aramid material commonly used by bomb disposal experts and firefighters due to its blast and fire protection properties, and lightweight flexible construction.

The tests show the suit performed well against four life impacting aspects of a blast; flame immersion, high velocity fragment impact, blast pressure waves and ‘tertiary’ effects. Critical to survivability is reducing the impact of blast pressure waves, which alongside flames and fragments, have a devastating impact on internal organs. Read more

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