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Slain Florida Cop Wasn't Wearing Body Armor

February 23, 2011  | 

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police Officer David Crawford wasn't wearing a ballistic vest, when he was shot and killed Monday, after confronting a suspected prowler, reports the Tampa Tribune.

As a result, St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon said he will review the department's policy of optional body armor for officers. Chief Harmon said vests have improved substantially, yet Florida's heat and humidity have made it hard for him to mandate them for all officers.

Ballistic vests are worn by about 70-75% of law enforcement officers in Florida, according to the report.

Read the full story at Tbo.com.

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rick @ 2/24/2011 7:47 PM

I wore a vest everyday for the 21-years I worked in Florida.

A police chief who does not require his officers to wear vests does not care about his officer's safety.

Scott @ 2/25/2011 5:14 AM

I have been a Police Officer in Florida for 27 years and have worn a vest every time I am on duty (Uniform and plain clothes). Sure it's hot and uncomfortable to wear but then again, so is a slug from a handgun and the discomfort, if you survive, can last for months instead of just hours. At least I can cool off at the end of shift. Please, wear your vest. If not for you, then for your loved ones.

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