City officials purchase body armor for Amarillo Police Department

Sgt. Brent Barbee, APD
Sgt. Brent Barbee, APD

Amarillo Police Department officers will be safer on the beat thanks to a unanimous vote today by the City Commission.

The City Commission has voted to approve the purchase of police body armor and accessory equipment.

The rifle resistant ceramic body armor will be carried in the trunks of patrol cars and will be used if needed.

The armor has previously been bought with Homeland Security funds.

This year funding is different.

"This particular group is purchased with seized money from drug dealers and other criminals. I think it's very important that you take the money taken from those people and use it to protect police officers," says Sgt. Brent Barbee of the APD.

Almost $42,000 have been approved for the purchase.

Amarillo police say they currently have forty such bulletproof vests and they need forty more.

They say previous experience has shown that the average officer on the street needs better protection from heavily armed suspects.