Under Federal Pressure, Dallas Makes Vests Mandatory for Street Cops


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.

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