LoBiondo & Visclosky Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize Bulletproof Vest Program to Protect Law Enforcement Officers

Jan 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) and Peter Visclosky (IN-01) have introduced a three year reauthorization of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program. Created in 1999 by the two lawmakers, the bipartisan BVP program provides state, local and tribal law enforcement officers with needed protection by aiding the purchase of protective equipment. The last reauthorization was in 2008.

“Recent events underscore the threats our men and women in uniform face each day as they safeguard our communities and protect the freedoms all of us enjoy. Bulletproof vests and body armor have saved thousands of law enforcement officers. However, they cannot protect the lives of those who do not have access to them,” said LoBiondo. “Now more than ever it is imperative that we give law enforcement the tools they need so they may do their jobs and carry out their duties safely and effectively. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership program is one of those critical tools.”

“Law enforcement professionals serve a critical role in our daily lives and throughout our society.  The protection of these courageous men and women is essential to the job they perform and we must continue to ensure that they have the tools necessary to perform their duty in the safest manner possible,” U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky said. 

Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions across the country have participated in the BVP program with $375 million in federal funds committed to support the purchase of more than 1.1 million vests. Additional information on the BVP program can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bvpbasi.

The lawmakers’ bipartisan bill, “The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 2015” (H.R. 228), was introduced on the House floor late last week.

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