Sen. Chris Coons fought for $22.5 million in funding the Bulletproof Vest Partnership.
Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions, a total of $412 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests as of June 2016.
“The federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership program makes those bulletproof vests — which can cost more than $500 each — more affordable, helping ensure that when officers go out to protect our communities, they can do so safely,” Coons said. “The program has saved thousands of lives nationwide. I’m proud to prioritize efforts to ensure we provide the resources to protect those who protect us.”
During 2016 in Delaware, 10 agencies received 800 bulletproof vests through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership.
“The Delaware Police Chiefs Council, which represents all police agencies in Delaware, would like to thank Senator Coons for his continued support of law enforcement,” said Bill Bryson, chief of Police Camden Police Department and chairman of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council. “Since soft body armor is typically replaced every five years because of the limited manufactures warranty, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program has saved police agencies across the country millions of dollars since its inception. Without this valuable program, some Delaware police departments could not afford to keep their officers outfitted with the most up to date bullet stopping technology.”
Also included in the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill is more than $225 million dollars in funding for Community Oriented Policing Services. Community policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect between police and communities. It is critical to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address the nation's crime challenges. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing.
In the past few years, COPS grants have been used to hire officers in Laurel, New Castle County and Wilmington.