Police Officer Saved By Bulletproof Vest To Testify Before SJC Next Week
Hearing Will Take Place During National Police Week
WASHINGTON (Thursday, May 8, 2014) – A female police officer whose life was saved because she was wearing a bulletproof vest will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday.
Officer Ann Carrizales of the Stafford, Texas, Police Department was shot twice during a routine traffic stop last year. One shot grazed her face and the other struck her chest and was blocked by her protective vest. Carrizales heroically pursued the suspects in her squad car for 20 miles and ultimately helped a neighboring police jurisdiction apprehend and arrest the shooter. Carrizales, a former Marine and mother of two, will testify about the importance of officers wearing lifesaving vests such as those purchased through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.
Chief Yousry A. Zakhary, whose career in law enforcement spans four decades and began as an officer for the City of Woodway, Texas, will also appear at the Judiciary Committee’s hearing next week. Zakhary’s police department is a participant in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program. Zakhary also serves as president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), a leading law enforcement association that supports legislation to reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program and helps maintain a list of more than 3,100 officers who have survived from death or serious injury by wearing protective body armor. The list is known as the “IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors Club.”
Leahy is the author of legislation to reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Grant Partnership Program, a federal grant program that helps state and local law enforcement agencies purchase lifesaving vests, the price tag of which can make purchasing them for officers on the beat cost-prohibitive for state and local police departments. To date, the program has helped provide more than one million vests to law enforcement officers throughout the nation. Next week’s hearing, “The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program: Supporting Law Enforcement Officers When it Matters Most,” will highlight the important of the program whose charter expired in September 2012.
“Next week we will commemorate National Police Week, a time when the nation pays tribute to the sacrifices made by all who serve in law enforcement,” Leahy said. “These officers risk their lives every day to protect our communities, and we often speak eloquently here in the Senate about supporting law enforcement and their families. I hope by next week the Senate comes together to honor the service of those who keep us safe by agreeing to renew the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.”
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Hearing before the
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
“The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program: Supporting Law Enforcement Officers When it Matters Most”
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
Officer Ann Carrizales
City of Stafford Police Department
Chief Yousry A. Zakhary
International Association of Chiefs of Police
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