RGV officers wear the best body armor available

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POSTED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 4:52pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:39am

When you're a first responder on duty, body armor can be a lifesaver. And if you're a Valley resident - fear not: the law enforcement officeres of the Rio Grande Valley are fully equipped with the best:

“Here what we have is called a III-A, which is one of the best, okay? In other words, supposedly, it would stop like a .357 shot or a 9 millimeter or 45 shot or something of that nature. That’s what the regular officers wear.”

But, there is a difference between the vests regular officers wear and those that SWAT team members wear:

“They wear a special type of body armor because it has a plate on that particular body armor.”

This plate serves as a hyper-protective shield for the SWAT team because they are typically the first responders who wind up in dire, life-threatening situations, like shoot-outs. But in keeping up-to-date with the best vests the market has to offer, they obviously do not run cheap.

While a normal officer’s vest typically cost $600, a SWAT team member’s can be as costly as $1500.

Fortunately, there is a five-year warranty for the vests and the county covers the cost. Sheriff Lucio says that the high prices are 100 percent worth it because a life is something you cannot put a price on.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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