A Dallas senator filed a bill on Thursday that would give money to Texas law enforcement agencies to buy bulletproof vests capable of stopping high-caliber bullets.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gave state Sen. Royce West’s bill a coveted low bill number, marking it as one of Patrick’s top priorities for passage during this year’s session.
“I commend Sen. West for filing this important bill to help protect our brave men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives every day to protect us,” Patrick said in a statement. “The least we can do for the families of our police officers is to make sure that when they leave home to protect our communities they have the best protection possible.”
West, a Dallas Democrat, was at a protest event in July that ended in gunfire and the deaths of five Dallas law enforcement officers.
Senate Bill 12 would create a grant program open to all Texas law enforcement agencies.