HPD receives grant for ballistic vests, helmets.

October 22, 2020

D/Sgt. Kevin Skipski, left, and Officer Shawn Anderson.

HPD receives grant for ballistic vests, helmets.

HART — The Hart Police Department recently received a $3,500 grant that includes the purchase of five tactical ballistic vests with armor and five Kevlar helmets.

“The equipment will be issued to officers to assist with safety at high-risk warrant attempts and any type of active violence where weapons are involved,” said Hart Police Chief Juan Salazar. “These vests and helmets are going to add a huge advantage to officers entering into an environment where an armed intruder may be present.

“The City of Hart Police Department is responsible for not only a large community but an entire school district as well. By providing this type of equipment to our officers, we can confidently and actively respond to events at the school or local businesses.

“Our department has taken every favorable measure to protect our residents and our students. Our public school system is extremely important to us. By maintaining vigilance, a positive relationship with the school, ongoing training and providing advanced equipment to our officers to respond to these types of events, reassures a safe environment during school hours and events being held on school grounds.

“I would like to thank D/Sgt. Kevin Skipski for submitting this grant on the behalf of the department,” said Chief Salazar.

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