It came as a surprise to Gothamist when we first heard this story. Apparently only half of the officers in the NYPD are wearing the newest bulletproof vests. Yesterday, a group of City Council members called on the city to add 18,000 more bulletproof vests that use the latest technology at a cost of almost $10 million. The group said the cost for the vests will be in the council's budget proposal on Thursday.
In November, Officer Dillon Stewart was killed when a bullet narrowly missed his bulletproof vest under his arm. The new vests have more coverage and better protect the chest and sides.
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