About 1,500 vests and helmets will go to police, while 281 will go to firefighters and 75 to department of corrections officers.
“All of the tactical units will have them so they can don them when the situation arises,” he said.
Reed said the equipment upgrade is a response to calls he received from families of law enforcement after the shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge over the summer. The families told Reed they were worried about copycat shootings during Atlanta protests over law enforcement tactics around the country.
Reed said he challenged the business community to match the $900,000 he planned to spend on upgraded armor and was surprised when Georgia Power Chairman and CEO Paul Bowers “picked up the phone and said, ‘Mayor, Georgia Power is going to pick up the whole $900,000.
“Paul really is the picture of what exemplary business leadership looks like,” Reed said. “(He) is someone who understands you can do good and well at the same time and who backs up his words with his deeds.”
Said Bowers, “It is a shared responsibility of Georgia’s businesses to partner with local governments specifically to make sure Georgia is a safe place to live, work and play.”