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We Should All Follow The Lead Of Colorado Springs Police

We Should All Follow The Lead Of Colorado Springs Police

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I woke up this morning with the news that the Colorado Springs Police Department is closer to outfitting their entire agency with, what should be, required equipment for every police officer.

Fifty-six more Colorado Springs officers have new gear to protect them in an active shooter or a civil disturbance situation which includes a tactical vest, a ballistic helmet, and a gunshot wound trauma kit.

Special tactical vests from Shield 616 were donated to the officers on Wednesday and I love what this non-profit is doing for our officers across the country.

Funds for the gear came from the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs and their goal, while working with Shield 616, is to make sure all CSPD officers have this gear by 2018.

I have been very vocal about the ban that President Obama not only prohibited agencies from acquiring surplus equipment such as helmets but also kept agencies from using one of the only funding sources they have at this time to buy the very equipment that CSPD just obtained, Federal Grants.  This has not yet been reversed and it should be immediately.

The issue was politicized and there is no business for politics when it comes to officer safety.  I applaud CSPD for thinking “outside the box” and stopping at nothing to obtain, what should be basic equipment for every police officer in America.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/D17Z_8I3PyY”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

About The Author

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Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. His Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training.

  • Patty Dulce

    Did Trump reverse the order that idiot Obama put in to place?

  • spike

    Good for the Springs!

  • ahaz

    I’m all for police having the “right” equipment. I think every officer should have tasers, shields and vests in their vehicles. However, the LE furor over the Obama’s administration’s modification of the 1033 program was NOT grounded in fact and it DID NOT keep needed equipment from LE. LE never needed grenade launchers, weaponized vehicles or aircraft, tracked armor vehicles, or .50 cal ammunition or weapons capable of firing .50 cal ammunition and bayonets. Obama was right to restrict these weapons designed for war from the hands of local LE.

    • ahaz

      And just a FYI, DOD transferred over $490M to local police through the 1033 program during FY16, and increase over the $418M that was transferred in FY15. The narrative presented here and on other LE related sites is obviously a false one.

      • Bob Durham

        So…Just what gives you the right to say what equipment LEO’s need? Even if you are an officer, or a former officer, just how do you, personally, have the right to say what they do and do not need? Little bit full of yourself there?

    • Patty Dulce

      Unless your ass is in jeopardy, you have no business saying what the police need. A weaponized vehicle looks really good when they are coming to save your ass. ,

      • ahaz

        I have every right to say what type of equipment police need. And they don’t need any of the equipment they were getting prior to the Obama EO. There are communities barely over 4000 citizens that have SAT teams and access to MRAPS and the like. There is no way you can justify that type of equipment for a community so small.

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