PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of working with the City Council and the Mayor’s office to ensure that our members have the best protection by bullet resistant vests available as they do the dangerous work of protecting the city. We’ve been fighting for a replacement and upgrade system since the Council approved funding for the level 3A vests with the side panels in 2006. We are grateful that the Mayor and Speaker heard our urgent call to purchase the vests immediately rather than to delay their purchase until FY 16 which is months away. We hope this represents the first of many actions that demonstrate City Hall's true support for New York City police officers.”
See also previous press release: "PBA President calls on Mayor and Speaker to buy new bullet-resistant vests now, establish funding for replacements and opens door for discussion on the issue."