Purcell Police Department has new military grade tactical vests paid for through grant

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PURCELL, Okla. - The Purcell Police Department has some new life-saving gear.

The department purchased the military grade tactical vests through a grant.

It's body armor that is crucial to saving lives and protecting assets.

As a bullet hits a steel plate, it disintegrates.

The gear is designed to take all of the force of the impact so the officer doesn't feel a thing.

"They weigh about 30 to 35 pounds,” said Det. Sgt. Scott Stephens with the Purcell Police Department.

These vests are ready for use by the Purcell Police Department for extreme situations, like an active shooter or barricaded suspect.

"These will withstand multiple hits from rifle rounds," said Stephens.

There's a reason why these heavy duty vests can take so many hits.

They weigh a ton, because they are made of metal.

"Helping them do the job they're sworn to do in a more safe manner," said Stephens.

The body armor was purchased through a Justice Assistant Grant for local law enforcement.

The department had a need for 20 vests, but funding for only 19, which was around $10,000.

That's when a Purcell business that designed this gear, Armor Advantage, stepped in, adding another vest to the order.

"The officers are underpaid. They're committed to what they do," ," said Michael Blackmore, President & CEO of Armor Advantage. "We believe they're getting a bad rap across the country, and I want to tell you, they're our everyday heroes."

Protective wear that could be life-saving for the officers.

"We'd rather have them and never need them as to need them and not have them," said Stephens.

Armor Advantage is primarily a military defense contractor, supplying hundreds of thousands body armor sets in the Middle East.

The business has developed an entire program dedicated to local law enforcement in Oklahoma.

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