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Franken Working To Get Added Monies For Bulletproof Vests For Minnesota Officers

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 7:21 am

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Al Franken cosponsored legislation that would provide state and local governments in Minnesota and around the country with additional funding to purchase body armor for law enforcement.

The legislation, sponsored by Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), would reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program, which provided more than $430,000 to Minnesota last fiscal year, allowing nearly 140 jurisdictions to purchase more than 1,400 bulletproof vests, according to Justice Department data.

This week, Sen. Franken and his colleagues on the Judiciary Committee will consider the bill.

“Because of bulletproof vests and body armor, law enforcement officials across Minnesota get to go home and tuck their kids in at night,” said Sen. Franken. “I’m an ardent supporter of continuing the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program because it helps get our officers the equipment they need to stay safe.”

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