Bullet Proof Vest (inVEST) Program
The priority application deadline for the Attorney General’s inVEST Partnership is now closed. Applications received after July 15, 2014, will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If funding permits, certain law enforcement agencies may still be eligible to receive up to 50% funding to purchase protective vests. Law enforcement agencies still in need of funding to purchase bulletproof vests should apply to the inVEST Partnership via the on-line application. If you have further questions regarding the inVEST Partnership, please contact 518-650-1653.
In June 2014, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman established the inVEST Partnership, a $3.5 million dollar funding program dedicated to assisting New York State law enforcement agencies with the purchase of vital and lifesaving bulletproof vests. As part of the program, the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) will provide selected agencies with up to 50 percent matching funds to purchase new vests. Law enforcement agencies in New York State in need of new or replacement bulletproof vests are encouraged to apply to the inVEST Partnership.
In 1998, recognizing the need to outfit police officers across the country with bulletproof vests, the U.S. Congress passed the Bulletproof Vest Partnership. The program has since provided New York State with over $25 million dollars in funding to purchase more than 212,000 vests. However, since 2010, funding from the federal program has dropped by over 80 percent in New York State, while the demand for this lifesaving equipment has not decreased.
In response, Attorney General Schneiderman has allocated $3.5 million in funds seized as crime proceeds from joint federal and state criminal investigations in order to provide financial relief to select New York State law enforcement agencies seeking to purchase bulletproof vests.
The OAG is committed to ensuring the safety of the brave men and women who serve in law enforcement agencies across the state. In the past thirty years, 71 police officers in New York State have died as a result of injuries sustained from gunfire in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. While no vest offers foolproof protection, the National Institute of Justice has reported that more than 3,000 law enforcement officers have been saved by ballistic body armor in in the past thirty years.