Last week, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a new program to offer law-enforcement agencies throughout the state the opportunity to purchase bulletproof vests for sworn officers.

Under the inVEST Partnership, the Attorney General’s office will allocate $3.5 million from criminal and civil forfeiture funds to cover up to 50% of the total costs of vests, vest carriers, attachments, inserts, fitting, shipping and applicable taxes for newly-hired officers or to replace expiring vests for veteran officers.  The program is expected to support the purchase of between 6,000 and 10,000 vests.