Senate Republicans have announced that they will provide $4 million to retrofit thousands of New York City Police Department command vehicles and patrol cars with bulletproof door panels and windows.
The funding was introduced by Sen. Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn, a former NYPD officer and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-East Northport.
“As a former New York City Police Officer, I know firsthand the dangers that our men and women in uniform face each and every day,” said Golden. “I am confident that this investment will save lives, and wisely provide greater protections for all NYPD Officers.”
The announcement comes after the assassination of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia last week. Familia was fatally shot while she was sitting in her parked command vehicle in the Bronx.
“Every day we cherish and thank the proud men and women of the NYPD for putting their lives on the line to protect New York’s largest city,” said Flanagan. “It’s only appropriate that we do everything possible to help defend those who defend us.”
Senate Republicans will work with the NYPD and City Hall to ensure bulletproofing of windows, windshields, and side panels will be done on 3,800 patrol vehicles and all 72 mobile command units.
The city has been engaged in an ongoing process of retrofitting all of their mobile command units and a substantial number of other vehicles.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has clashed heavily with Senate Republicans lately, thanked them for the funding.
“The safety of our officers always comes first and any additional funding to aid us in their protection is greatly appreciated,” said de Blasio. “I thank the state Senate for identifying these funds and look forward to working with them to keep New York City’s finest safe.”
The grant allocation comes from the State and Municipal Assistance Capital Program and is available immediately.