CHICAGO (CBS) — One thousand Chicago police officers were receiving new bulletproof vests on Monday, as part of an ongoing fundraising effort by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
Vests are part of the on-duty uniform, and while the Chicago Police Department gives officers their first one, after that, it’s up to each officer to replace it when needed.
According to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, about 8,000 officers need new vests.
CPMF project manager John Gordon said many officers don’t follow the suggested five-year replacement guideline.
“A lot of these guys we’ve found, just doing our own research, are sitting on vests that they’ve had since the academy; 15-year-old vests, 20-year-old vests. We took one of these vests down to the range, and shot a few rounds into it, and that third round went through the vest,” he said.