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Columbia City Police Officer Doug Eber displays one of the 10 new vests issued to members of the department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s police officers stay protected due to upgrades made possible by state law and federal funding.
Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen told the Columbia City Common Council last month that a new shipment of ballistic vests had arrived in his department.
â€śWe got 10 vests from the federal governmentâ€™s 50/50 matchâ€ť said Petersen. â€śState law requires you to supply vests and replace them every five years.â€ť
Petersen said the State of Indiana intervened in recent years to reinforce a â€śvest life expectancyâ€ť provided by the makers of the equipment.
â€śIt used to be that the manufacturer recommended that vests be replaced every five years,â€ť said Petersen.
â€śNow, itâ€™s written in the Indiana Code.â€ť
Petersen said the local agency doesnâ€™t take chances with the quality of the vests.
â€śWe do our own ballistic tests on them,â€ť said Petersen.
â€śOur tests came out fine.â€ť
Petersen said he looks at the value of the protective vests as two-fold.
â€śItâ€™s real important to have them (vests) for two reasons,â€ť he said.
â€śThe first reason is obviously to protect the officersâ€™ lives. Secondly, it allows them to continue with their mission.â€ť