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NYPD finally getting new bullet-proof vests

Rank-and-file cops finally got some good news from city government — they’re getting more than 12,000 new protective vests to replace equipment that’s been outdated for years.

The move, announced Thursday by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, came just three days after The Post reported that many cops are wearing body armor with expired warranties and a month after two cops were shot to death execution-style in Brooklyn.

“It’s sad that it takes this long and a tragedy to make them realize there are more important things to spend money on,” said a law-enforcement source.

The vests, which go for about $600 each, will cost the city $7.3 million.

“Modern, reliable bulletproof vests will help ensure that police officers throughout the city are safe,” Mark-Viverito said.

Bulletproof vests become less effective over time.

The manufacturer of one brand, Second Chance, recommends replacements every five years.

But many cops are going to work with vests they got in 2006.

Queens Councilman Paul Vallone also said he’s prepared to introduce legislation to fund the vests, in case there are any roadblocks to getting the money.

See full article at New York Post.