Governor approves millions for rifle proof vests for Houston police

NICK WAGNER	

	Gov. Greg Abbott NICK WAGNER  AMERICAN-STATESMAN

NICK WAGNER Gov. Greg Abbott NICK WAGNER AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A group of area cities will receive state-funded rifle-resistant body armor as part of a statewide program approved by the 85th Texas Legislature and signed into law May 27.

The governor is expected to announce the first grants to departments under the new law in Dallas Tuesday.

In Grayson County, 11 vests will be distributed to Denison and Van Alstyne; 12 are going to Sherman; six to Grayson College; and 40 vests to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office. See a full list of agencies and the number of vests received below. Today is also Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Abbott touted the funding as fulfillment of a promise after the fatal shooting of five officers in Dallas on July 7, 2016.

"We must do all we can to protect those who protect us", Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news release. "That is why I'm proud to present these grants to Police Department's across Texas so they can equip their officers with the life-saving equipment they deserve".

The grant money will provide law enforcement officers from 453 jurisdictions around the state with a total of 32,842 rifle-resistant vests created to protect against high caliber rounds.

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