Congressman Ted W. Lieu has announced that the City of Santa Monica was awarded funds under the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) bulletproof vest program. The total award is in the amount of $9,296.38 and will support the purchase of 21 vests.

“The Santa Monica Police Department is pleased to receive this supplemental funding earmarked for protective equipment for the men and women who keep our community safe,” Chief Jacqueline A. Seabrooks said. “We appreciate the support of those regional and local political leaders who recognize the importance of this equipment to our public safety personnel.”

On May 19, Congressman Lieu sent a letter to DOJ requesting support for bulletproof vest funding through their Bureau of Justice Assistance Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.

“The Department of Justice’s bulletproof vest program is a great benefit to local law enforcement agencies around the nation and I am pleased to announce that the City of Santa Monica has received additional vest funds from DOJ. My office has been in contact with Mayor McKeown and Chief Seabrooks about the award announcement and has offered my continued assistance in making sure our law enforcement officers always have the training and material necessary to fulfill their mission to protect and serve our community at the highest possible level.”

– Submitted by Jack d’Annibale, Communciations Director, Office of Ted Lieu

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