Denver officers in line to get better safety gear

The mayor's 2008 budget proposal includes 488 kits to help protect cops responding to attacks or disasters.

By Christopher N. Osher
The Denver Post  

DENVER, Colo. — Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's proposed 2008 budget would buy a third of the city's police officers' safety gear to protect them if they become first responders to chemical, radiological, biological or nuclear attacks.

In budget requests submitted this summer, police officials had said 1,200 personal protective equipment response kits in use were too old to work properly and asked for 1,050 new kits and two fit-testing machines at a cost of $611,250.

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