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Police Department receives new bulletproof vests

Officer Richard Rossi tries on his new vest. After all officers are fitted, the department will receive the new vests within two months. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
May 15, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Southbridge Police Officers can rest a little easier.

Thanks in part to a grant that funded half of the cost, the Southbridge Police Department recently received new bulletproof vests for all officers. The officers were fitted on Thursday, May 12 and should begin wearing them within the next two months.

In accordance with Massachusetts law, bulletproof vests for police officers can only last for five years before they need to be replaced.

"For any officers in Massachusetts to use them, they have to pass a certain process," said Southbridge Police Lt. Jose Dingui. "Our officers are going to be able to choose between two different kinds of vests. One of them goes underneath the uniform, which is the kind we have now, but our uniform is going to be changing and we can choose to wear one that goes on the outside."

Matthew Dovner, the representative from Diamondback Tactical, the company that makes the vests, said that the new vests are lighter, easier to move around in, has superior ballistic performance and more comfortable than the ones the officers will soon cease to wear.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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