July 26, 2016 | 2:01am
By Reuven Fenton
|The NYPD unveiled new protective equipment Monday including 20,000 ballistic helmets and 6,000 upgraded bulletproof vests. Photo: Dennis A. Clark|
The NYPD unveiled new protective equipment Monday — including 20,000 ballistic helmets and 6,000 upgraded bulletproof vests.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said his decision to buy the helmets and vests (left) came after he saw a video of a man shooting at two police officers in Brooklyn’s 94th Precinct.
“Watching that video and what those officers were dealing with reinforced, based on what we’d already been looking at in terms of what happened in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the decision to move forward with the quick acquisition,” he said.
The gear, which cost $7.5 million, will be distributed to cops by September, he said.
Bratton compared the sturdy new helmets to one that saved an officer’s life during the Orlando club shooting in June.
The 7-pound vests are specifically designed for “active shooter” situations, and won’t be “routinely worn” by officers, Bratton said.
The NYPD also displayed several other new items, including a more potent pepper spray, enhanced escape hoods that protect cops from carbon monoxide, fingerprint scanners and handheld metal detectors.