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Visclosky seeks to re-up bulletproof vest program

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U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-1st, has co-introduced a four-year reauthorization of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program.

Created in 1999, the bipartisan BVP program provides state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers with needed protection by aiding the purchase of protective equipment. The last reauthorization in 2008 expired in October 2012.

“Our families have entrusted the men and women of state and local law enforcement with the responsibility of protecting their lives, their homes, and their property,” Visclosky said. “We must ensure that each and every officer has access to the equipment, training, and support they need as they place their lives on the line for us. Bulletproof vests are crucial, lifesaving tools, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program helps local law enforcement agencies acquire them. I am proud to support the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program.”

Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions across the country have participated in the BVP program with nearly $300 million in federal funds committed to support the purchase of more than 1 million vests. Additional information on the BVP program can be found at



Posted 3/8/2013