Mandatory body armor policies rise in wake of officer death increase
Federal study used input from officers on the street to examine how agencies comply with policies
WASHINGTON — A rising number of law enforcement officers are required to wear body armor after two consecutive years in which police were being killed by gunfire with increasing frequency, a new Justice Department study has found.
Ninety-two percent of officers reported that their agencies now have mandatory body armor policies, up from 59% in a similar 2009 survey.
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