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Delaware officers support bulletproof vest program

Friday, May 31, 2013

One of two police officers shot at a Delaware courthouse earlier this year says it would be a "tragic absurdity" if members of Congress can't agree to reauthorize a program that helps local police departments across the nation buy bulletproof vests for their officers.

Sgt. Michael Manley of the Delaware Capitol Police says the vest that he was wearing in February, and which was purchased with the help of the federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership program, saved his life.

Manley and Capitol Police Cpl. Steve Rinehart, who also was saved by his armored vest in the Feb. 11 shooting, joined U.S. Sen. Chris Coons on Friday in calling for Congress to reauthorize the partnership program.

Coons says the program has helped save more than 3,000 lives since it began in 1998.

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