New vests for B'ville police department

Baldwinsville's village board approved spending for new bulletproof vests for the police department.

Current safety standards recommend vests be replaced every five years, and the department has eight vests that are five years old or more.

The money for the new equipment will come from drug seizures, not budget allowances.

Police Chief Michael Lefancheck said old vests are often given back to the manufacturer where they are used in ballistic testing.

There, the vests are shot and their effectiveness against different kinds of ammunition is measured. Old vests can also be donated to military personnel during vest drives.

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