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Town of Frederick News

Posted on: January 9, 2019

Frederick Receives Body Armor Donation on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

SRO Vest Donation

On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the Frederick Police Department’s three School Resource Officers and their sergeant were each given a body armor vest by Fort Collins company, Steel Ops. Each vest is valued at $270, making this total donation over $1,000.

School Resource Officers Andy Fairbanks and Aaron Herbert and their sergeant Bob Bedsaul were on hand to be fitted for their vests, which include two steel plates and weigh about 16 pounds. The vests have a shelf-life of 25 years and have been tested extensively to be effective against firearms ranging from handguns from rifles.

“We are so humbled and appreciative of this generous donation,” said Frederick Chief of Police Todd Norris. “Our School Resource Officers are our first line of defense in our schools and these vests make all the difference in their safety should an unthinkable situation ever occur.”

Steel Ops is a company headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado founded in 2013 with a goal of providing high quality, affordable and innovative products to prepare, protect and prevail in any climate and on any terrain. The effort to donate vests to the school resource officers in smaller police departments began after the Parkland High School shooting last February. To date, they have donated over 50 vests throughout Colorado.

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