West Seneca Police have 20 new military grade steel ballistic vests that are capable of stopping most rifle and shotgun rounds in active shooter situations.
The vests were obtained through a grant from the Law Enforcement Foundation of Western New York. West Seneca's firearms trainer, Lt. Michael Poleon, suggested to Police Chief Daniel Denz several months ago that the department acquire the vests after several high-profile fatalities of law enforcement officers throughout the country.
The vests are made of 0.375-inch steel plates manufactured at Buffalo Armory. They are meant to augment West Seneca officers' safety by providing an extra level of ballistic protection, according to the department. They have been placed in each vehicle in the fleet, as well as in the police station to protect on-duty station officers.