Thanks to the office of the governor and the state’s criminal justice division, those who put themselves in harms way daily to protect the residents of Navasota, will soon be better protected themselves.
And Navasota Police Chief Justin Leeth says it comes with absolutely the best conditions possible: It’s a 100% funded grant, so there’s no matching funds necessary as is the case with many grants, and these 24 Level IV vests and vest carriers will allow him to outfit every one of his officers, including his reserve officers.
This most generous gift, Chief Leeth explains, is part of the state legislature’s reaction after a dozen Dallas Police Officers were shot and five of them killed during a protest back in 2016.
Currently, Chief Leeth tells Navasota News his officers wear Level II body armor, which is designed to protect against most conventional firearms. The new Level IV armor, he continues would be added in the event his officers ever have to deal with an active shooter or other mass casualty event.
And even though other law enforcement agencies also received the same grant, the chief says he hopes to have this new protection on-board within the next few weeks.