Reply to "Free body armor program - help I'm conflicted"

First, I am in complete agreement that this program is a HUGE step in the right direction for everyone. Especially those currently on the streets. I also worked in a highly violent city. In 2011 I had three friends, one of whom was a dear friend and mentor killed in the line of duty in less than 30 days. I was actively involved in both situations. Here is my take.

1. As an enlightened/educated Officer I believe you should reach out directly to this group. Express your sincere gratitude as to their intentions and actions. It is truly remarkable. Offer them your expert evaluation of the equipment provided and your suggested equipment. 

2. (And possibly more important) is this group's recognition and support of equipment upgrades. This was a huge issue in my agency. I was more than willing and capable of footing the bill for upgrades, but my agency would not allow it. Public perception they said. 

Granted my agency was/is grotesquely corrupt and remarkably inadequate. My brother still works at this agency as a SWAT team leader. He is crippled by degenerate unqualified supervisors giving contradictory tactical assessments... and making equipment regulations. What do they care? They dont enter the line of fire or execute their preposterous strategies. 

Whether the improvements are made or not, this is an opportunity to convey support to the obvious necessity for improved training and equipment for this nation's law enforcement professionals. While my circumstances were appalling, I held them accountable and saw my case to a fortuitous conclusion. Looking back, being injured in the line of duty leading to an abrupt and premature end to my Law Enforcement career was a remarkable blessing. You all deserve so much better

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