The Palos Park Police Department was awarded a grant from U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance that allows them to offset the cost of outfitting every officer with a bulletproof vest.
The vests are already being warn by every officer on the force and were initially purchased with help from the Palos Park Police Foundation. The fact that the department has a mandatory wear policy allowed them to be awarded the federal grant.
“The Palos Park Police Foundation has been our partners every step of the way and their help in purchasing ballistic vests for our officers make sure the officers stay safe. Their work on our officer’s behalf has surpassed all of our expectations,” said Police Commissioner Dan Polk in a news release. "The Police Foundation’s effort to provide every officer a vests is an example of how a community can all come together for a greater good.”