Harris County Commissioner Requests Bullet Proof Vests For All Officers

Today in Commissioners Court, bullet proof vests for all peace officers

Harris Commissioner Jack Morman’s request comes after a special appropriation was made this year, to make sure that all county law enforcement agencies have bullet proof vests.

Alan Bernstein with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office says while every deputy is required to wear one while on duty, “there may be indeed, a dire need at some of the constables’ offices, to make sure that all their people out on patrol have vests.”

“At the Sheriff’s Office, our people do have vests, but we have replacement needs, and again we want to expand it to some of our jail personnel, who are on duty sometimes outside the jail in potentially dangerous situations,” says Bernstein.

He says Commissioner Morman wants to make sure that money budgeted for this fiscal year by the county be used to purchase vests for law enforcement agencies that need them.

“All of our deputies on patrol, or in other functions take them out in the public area, have bullet proof vests,” said Bernstein.

The vests are typically used for five years before the manufacturer’s warranty expires.

The Sheriff’s office request is for a total of 400 vests for 170 jail personnel and 230 replacements, damaged and expired vests at a cost of about a thousand dollars apiece. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says it’s money well spent.

“Nothing’s cost prohibitive when it comes to the safety of your law enforcement officers,” said Emmett. “And so, we need to make sure we have state-of-the-art protection for them.”

County Commissioners will consider Morman’s request in two weeks.

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