Western Australia Minister for Police Michelle Roberts
New Stab Proof Ballistic Vests To Protect Frontline Police
Victor P Taffa
- Multi-threat body armour to be personally issued to all operationally deployed officers
- Part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to increase protection for our Police
McGowan Government has committed $15.4 Million towards the roll-out of personal issue, multi-threat body armour to frontline Police officers.
“I regard the safety of our Police officers as paramount. It’s something I have been absolutely committed to throughout my time in the Parliament.” Minister for Police Michelle Roberts said.
“It’s a sad fact of our times that our Police are increasingly confronted by armed offenders.”
Over the next fortnight, 60 Police officers will be fitted out with different styles of body armour to test protection, comfort and mobility.
Officers, both male and female, from a range of Policing roles and from metropolitan and regional Western Australia, will provide feedback on all aspects of wearability.
Following evaluation, it is planned a contract will be awarded and the wider roll-out of personal issue body armour will begin.
$15.4 Million commitment is part of the McGowan Government’s determination to better protect our officers.
All versions of body armour to be worn during the evaluation phase are designed to provide protection against firearm threat and significant resistance to bladed weapons.