Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed July 16, 2014
New law requires police get bulletproof vests
A bulletproof vest will become part of an officers' standard equipment issue. Contingent on money, of course.
The new law includes provisions to help ensure there is funding. It law requires communities and the state apply for a federal grant, that provides matching funds specifically for the purchase of bullet proof vests.
And the law says that a state fund, that's made up of fees charged to people convicted of certain traffic and criminal offenses, can be used to help buy the vests.
But there's no telling the feds will award the grant, and the state fund is used for various other needs, like law enforcement training.
Given those possibilities, and the potential of a monster expense, the law includes an "out." If Illinois' police standards board determines the state and federal government haven't given a local police force "substantial funding," the municipality is off the hook.