The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted July 9 to purchase 600 ballistic helmets and 1,200 ballistic plates for Cobb police officers.
Funding of $337,218 will come from the police department’s Fiscal Year 2019 operating funds.
Safeware will provide the personal protective equipment under the provisions of the Omnia Partners Public Sector Cooperative Agreement.
Cobb police officers are provided helmets, ballistic carriers and heavy-duty ballistic plates for use during high-risk incidents, according to a county statement.
The department initially purchased ballistic gear in 2014 for all officers with a five-year warranty.
Due to the warranty expiration, the department needs to purchase approximately 600 helmets and 1,200 plates.
Both the helmet and plate provided by Safeware passed all ballistic tests.
The helmet is available at a cost of $317.59 each for a total of $190,554, and the plates are available at a cost of $122.22 each for a total of $146,664.
After five years, the helmets will require replacement in 2024.
Instead of the previous five-year warranty, the ballistic plates have a 10-year warranty and will require replacement in 2029.
These costs will be included in the respective 2024 and 2029 budget requests.
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