Dallas police officers have made it mandatory for uniformed officers working the streets to wear bullet proof vests, reports the city’s Morning News. The change resulted from a federal push to encourage the wearing of vests after a sharp increase in the number of officers killed on duty last year. The Justice Department is cutting body-armor funding for agencies that do not require vests. Dallas gets about $100,000 a year.
Under the new policy, all uniformed patrol officers in Dallas must wear bulletproof vests, as well as uniformed officers who work in a job that would require them to act in an enforcement capacity, such as the gang unit; uniformed officers of any rank who take part in public activities or meeting outside of the workplace; uniformed officers working an off-duty job, and non-uniformed officers doing such things as serving warrants or conducting surveillance where an arrest could occur.