The Indianapolis Metro Police Department has failed to take adequate measures to protect their officers. That’s the word from the Fraternal Order of Police.
According to the FOP, about 60 percent of the police department uses expired bulletproof vests that have exceeded the manufacturer’s acceptable wearing time frame. The FOP says this is both unsafe and violates the law.
FOP President Sgt. Bill Owensby said somebody purposely decided not to update and equip officers with the right safety equipment, sending them out in expired bulletproof vests that will soon, or already are, falling apart.
Bulletproof vests save the lives of many Metro officers including Officer Jason Fishburn, who was shot in July 2008. Fishburn was initially shot in the head but the vest stop a possible deadly round.
As a counter to the FOP’s claim, Metro police officials said they received a warranty extension from the manufacturer so “technically” the vests have not expired.