The Lakeway Police Department recently acquired 32 level IV rifle bullet-resistant vests through a $17,568 grant awarded by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.Spurred by many incidents across the country in which police officers were gunned down by suspects shooting rifles, the Texas Legislature set aside funds in its past legislative session to allow police agencies to request funding from the Governor’s Office to provide rifle bullet-resistant protective vests to officers for their protection.Further inquiry revealed the lack of resources by many agencies, large and small, to provide such protective equipment for their officers. The legislators moved to provide the funding to help resolve this issue. The City of Lakeway issues a level II concealable bullet-resistant vest to each officer, but the Lakeway Police Department did not have external rifle resistant protective vests.In October 2017, the City of Lakeway filed a grant application with the Office of the Governor through the ‘Rifle Resistant Body Armor Grant’ program, on behalf of the Lakeway Police Department. The state awarded the grant to the Lakeway Police Department in January 2018, and it received the new vests and deployed them with the user’s policy and procedures in July 2018.“We appreciate Gov. Abbott for creating the opportunity for agencies to receive the funding opportunity to purchase this vital equipment and to our state Sen. Dawn Buckingham and state Rep. Paul Workman for their support,” Lakeway Chief of Police Todd Radford said.