Several state lawmakers said Monday that they will introduce legislation requiring all police vehicles in the state to be outfitted with bulletproof glass.
The move comes in the wake of the fatal shooting of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were ambushed as they sat in their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn Saturday afternoon.
The legislation, which is being drafted, would install bulletproof glass in police cars over a phased-in period, starting with the NYPD.
“If it is good enough for high-ranking government officials and dignitaries to ride around in cars with bulletproof glass, then it should be for our cops who put their lives on the line and are being tracked down and murdered like prey,” Assemb. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, said in a statement. “We are proposing state legislation to begin to retrofit all law enforcement vehicles in New York State with the best protective bullet proof glass for all windows.”
Tedisco, along with fellow Assemb. Nicole Malliotakis, R-Brooklyn-Staten Island, and state senators Phil Boyle, R-Suffolk County and Marty Golden, R-Brooklyn, plan to introduce the legislation, and they called for part of the state’s $5.1 billion to be used to pay for the initiative.
“We cannot put a price on protecting the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect us,” Boyle said. “When our police officers are safer, we are all safer.”
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In the wake of the two New York City police officers’ deaths, state lawmakers are now calling for better safety measures to be taken to protect police officers while they are in their patrol cars.
Four state lawmakers are working on a proposal that would require all police vehicles to have bullet-proof glass.
The bullet-proof glass would be installed over a phased-in period, starting with the New York Police Department.
It would be funded through a $5 billion surplus the state has through bank settlements.
State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, ” I support any measure that better protects the people that are protecting us, but it’s much too early I think to ask for a simple yes or no. We have to find out everything we can about it.”
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