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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 Cityâs 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.
âWe got 10 vests from the federal governmentâs 50/50 matchâ said Petersen. âState law requires you to supply vests and replace them every five years.â
Petersen said the State of Indiana intervened in recent years to reinforce a âvest life expectancyâ provided by the makers of the equipment.
âIt used to be that the manufacturer recommended that vests be replaced every five years,â said Petersen.
âNow, itâs written in the Indiana Code.â
Petersen said the local agency doesnât take chances with the quality of the vests.
âWe do our own ballistic tests on them,â said Petersen.
âOur tests came out fine.â
Petersen said he looks at the value of the protective vests as two-fold.
âItâs real important to have them (vests) for two reasons,â he said.
âThe first reason is obviously to protect the officersâ lives. Secondly, it allows them to continue with their mission.â