Ariz. officers get 8 new protective vests

A Phoenix police officer injured when a bullet went through his body armor led agencies to reevaluate what their officers were wearing

PHOENIX, Ariz. — It was a story that made national news — a Phoenix police officer was injured when a bullet went through his protective vest. Additional testing determined the vest was not safe, leading agencies across the state to re-evaluate what their officers were wearing.

CBS5 immediately teamed up with the 100 Club and Cox Communications and raised more than $16,000 to help buy new protective vests for officers who need them. So far, the 100 Club has provided at least 26 new vests to officers across the state, thanks to the money raised from the Pay it Forward Phone Bank.

Friday, Arizona's Department of Economic Security was presented with eight new vests to be given to undercover officers who serve warrants and investigate fraud. "The vests that these officers are getting is a level 3A vest, which is the highest level for soft body armor," said Lyman Andeson with GMS Tactical.

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