MPD Raising Money for Bullet Proof Vests in Light of Deputy Shooting 10/9/13
Midland, TX - Officer Kevin Haveman with the Midland Police Department wants every man and woman in law enforcement to have a bullet proof vest. He says that small-town innocence is obsolete in West Texas
“This is in light of Deputy Kennedy's killing,” he said “Whether he wore it, had one or didn't have one the fact still remains every officer still needs a vest so we need to do everything we can to provide that.
Haveman is in the beginning stages of researching which law enforcement departments in West Texas fall short of having them.
He says he was surprised to find how much his surrounding cities and counties were in need.
“Some of the communities don't provide a vest for their officers so we're trying to raise money to get those officers vests,” he said.
Just one vest alone costs $750 Haveman says after recent budget cuts many departments cannot afford them, which is why there could be a lack of vests.
“The officers are responsible most of the time for making that purchase and you don't have that kind of money laying around to buy the vests for themselves,” he said.
He is asking the community and local businesses for financial help so far $3,000 have been donated.
“It saves their life and a life of others in the community,” he said. “Its an officer’s second chance.”
Depending on the department wearing a vest could be mandatory or up to the officer.
If you would like to donate you can call MPD at (432)-685-71-08 and ask for Kevin Haveman.