NAVASOTA, Tex. (KBTX) - The Navasota Police Department is getting better equipped to handle active shooter situations, thanks to a donation from The Grimes County Crime Stoppers.
According to Chief Justin Leeth, the department planned on purchasing at least two sets of MOLLE gear this year. MOLLE stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. The units include a tactical vest with ceramic front and back panels and a kevlar helmet.
Now, thanks to a $3,000 donation from The Grimes County Crime Stoppers, the department has been able to purchase four more units, bringing them much closer to their goal.
"We're extremely grateful to Crime Stoppers," said Chief Leeth. "They went out of their way to show their appreciation and gratitude for the hard work our men and women do each and every day. With them stepping up to the plate, so to speak, and going out their way, it really expedites the process to ensure our men and women have the equipment they need."
Chief Leeth says the body armor carriers are critical when it comes to safe response during active shooter situations.
"Unfortunately in heightened threat situations, such as an active shooter situation, responding and responding immediately is important to provide the best type of service to stop the threat," said Leeth. "We want to make sure our officers have the proper protection and equipment to safely respond to the things we're asking them to do."
The department hopes to eventually be able to purchase a total of 18 sets of body armor to be used as stock equipment in Navasota PD cars.