COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – A nonprofit organization in Bryan College Station works to keep law enforcement officers safe as they work to protect the community.
Operation Safe Shield is hosting a fundraiser on April 14 to raise money for widows, side doors, and bullet-resistant headrests.
The goal is to install them in current law enforcement vehicles around Bryan College Station as funds are raised.
Board member Faye Lane said it was something needed at this time.
“Statistically, last month there was a 43% increase in the number of officers shot in their vehicles alone, or about 111 officers in the state of Texas alone. So the numbers are increasing. Security is an issue for those who protect us and we try to protect them,” she said.
Lane said these security measures also give law enforcement families peace of mind.
It costs $8,000 per vehicle to install the bullet-resistant additions. The group will need a total of $1.3 million for Bryan, College Station, Texas A&M, Blinn and Brazos County Constable vehicles. Then they will move throughout the Brazos County area, where they will need to raise $1.5 million.
Lane said their goal is to move statewide.
To purchase tickets or become a sponsor of the April 14 fundraising dinner, visit their website here.
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