- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council has authorized $120,000 in emergency funding to buy new helmets and other riot gear for the police department’s 269 officers.

When Lafayette Police Chief Reginald Thomas checked their gear, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux tells The Advertiser Tuesday (https://bit.ly/2atKgjQ) the chief realized they weren’t going to be adequately protected.

Thomas said the department has only 30 helmets for 269 officers and the helmet were purchased in 1970.

Thomas said each officer, when he’s hired, is provided an armored vest, but the $120,000 will purchase new helmets and other vests and riot gear to offer them further protection. He says each patrol car will have the equipment in them with the new purchases.

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