NYPD to install bullet-resistant windows in all patrol cars
The change comes after the multiple officers were killed while sitting in their patrol vehicles
By PoliceOne Staff
NEW YORK — In an effort to combat ambush killings of officers in their vehicles, Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to install bullet-resistant glass in all patrol cars.
The New York Post reported the city decided to implement the new glass after the 2014 killing of two NYPD officers sitting in their patrol vehicles and the killing of Officer Brian Moore in an unmarked patrol car.
“This is about having the backs of our men and women in blue who, with courage and commitment, don the uniform every day to protect and serve,” City Hall spokesman Austin Finan said. “This investment is our commitment to ensuring the safety of those officers on the beat.”
According to the publication, NYPD began a window pilot program in 2016. The glass protects the back portion of the both the driver and passenger-side windows, but doesn’t allow the windows to be rolled down.
The city allocated $6.8 million in July to install the bullet-resistant panels that protected the doors, but weren’t ready to sign off on the window inserts.
Now, they have approved the spending of $10.4 million to install the windows in all patrol cars.