Kzoo City Commission to vote on officer equipment grants

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - On the Kalamazoo City Commission agenda tonight, whether to accept federal money to better equip police officers.

City commissioners are set to approve two grants that will help the Kalamazoo department of public safety buy new tasers and new bulletproof vests.

The grants come from the Department Of Justice. The first would give KDPS and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office $68,000 to buy new tasers and taser equipment.

The second grant goes to buy 76 bulletproof vests for KDPS, it will cover half the cost, almost $22,000.

KDPS has been tested recently when it comes to crowd control, Labor Day weekend it had to break up large gatherings of students around the WMU campus, and had to use pepper spray.

Chief Jeff Hadley says the departments bulletproof vests were at the end of their 5 year lifespan.

"God forbid that they had to be protected by their bulletproof vest but they at least feel they have the best, the newest and the safest product out there," says Hadley.

The city commission will vote on accepting the grants Tuesday night, commissioners say it's expected they both will be approved.