You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Bill to fund protective vests for officers marked as high priority


Highlights

Sen. Royce West, whose district includes the Dallas area where 5 officers were killed in July, filed the bill.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made Senate Bill 12’s passage a top priority.

If passed, SB 12 would create a grant program to help Texas police buy protective vests.

A Dallas senator filed a bill Thursday that would create a fund for Texas law enforcement agencies to buy protective vests capable of stopping high-caliber bullets.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is making Democrat Sen. Royce West’s bill a high priority in the Texas Senate, giving the bill a coveted low number.

“You may think that all Texas police officers and sheriffs already have bulletproof vests and other protective gear, but what we have found is that this may not be an absolute case, or that the vests now used may not be sufficient to withstand the type of assaults that the bad guys – who themselves may be more heavily armed than the police – may initiate,” West said.

Outfitting all officers with protective vests that can withstand rifle fire became an issue for Royce after the July 7 attack in Dallas that left five police officers dead and nine injured. The shooting occurred in West’s district during a peaceful protest against excessive police force. West attended the event, which erupted into bloodshed when one man took aim at officers.

“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.”

Senate Bill 12 would create a grant program open to all Texas law enforcement agencies. It does not outline how much money would be placed in the fund.

All uniformed Austin police officers are required to wear bulletproof vests. Plain clothes officers and detectives must also wear vests if they are wearing anything that identifies them as a police officer.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Texas News & Politics

Risks of smoking-related lung disease lowered by fruits, veggies, study says
Risks of smoking-related lung disease lowered by fruits, veggies, study says

Past and current smokers can lower the risks of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD., by eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Swedish researchers studied 44,000 men between the ages of 45 and 79 over a 13-year period. About one in four were current smokers and almost two-thirds were former smokers....
Austin police release statement on pizza receipt incident
Austin police release statement on pizza receipt incident

2:45 p.m. update: The Austin Police Department issued the following statement in response to the incident at Southside Flying Pizza: “While it is unfortunate one of our Austin police officers encountered this situation, like in all cases it is a reflection of one employee’s actions, not that of the owner/s or other employees of the restaurant...
Transgender boy wins girls state wrestling title in Texas
Transgender boy wins girls state wrestling title in Texas

The Texas high school state girls’ wrestling champion is a boy. The state woould not allow him to compete in the male division because his birth certificate says “female.” Trinity High school junior Mack Beggs, 17, was born female, but began transitioning to male last year, which includes taking testosterone.  The process has...
Security officer fatally shot in Killeen robbery attempt
Security officer fatally shot in Killeen robbery attempt

A security guard on duty at a Subway in Killeen was fatally shot early Sunday morning during an attempted robbery, according to police. The gunman is still at large. Killeen police responded to a 911 call for a robbery at a Subway restaurant on FM 440 at 3:42 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release. Upon arrival, officers located a man with a gunshot...
Chance of showers, moderate temperatures on Sunday
Chance of showers, moderate temperatures on Sunday

The Austin area is facing a 40 percent chance of showers Sunday afternoon, with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms further along into the evening, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 60s to low 70s, and southerly winds of 5 to 15 miles per hour are also anticipated while cloud cover lingers throughout...
More Stories