Although the streets of Chicago aren't as dangerous for police patrols as the seedy streets of Iraq, the men and women of the Chicago Police Department and the nation, are seeing an increase in hostile offenders who are armed with "body armor defeating" weaponry.
It's a dirty little secret that the City of Chicago won't purchase the proper equipment to keep the nation's second largest police force up to date. Officers routinely encounter obstacles to doing their job adequately and safely. These include unavailable patrol cars, cars without a PDT (computer), radios that are defective and insufficient body armor.
The body armor that most officers wear will not stop a rifle round, or an armor piercing projectile.
To help in this respect, Pinnacle Armor developed a revolutionary body armor system that is made entirely of ceramic-type circles that are stitched together and overlap like scales.
The vests are light and extremely flexible. The company's Level II vest, which will stop rounds with muzzle velocities of 1350fps weighs about 16 oz.
I called the company to get a price but they're closed on Saturdays. A review of their website shows no mention of price. I googled it and found that price for Pinnacle's Level IV armor is about $5,000 - I'm sure the Level II mentioned above is about half that.
There is some controversy about this product. Apparently the US Army won't approve it for its fighting forces because "it failed a ballistics test." That's interesting because the Army banned it in March of 2007 but didn't actually test it until May of 2007. They won't say it but I will: The government doesn't want to spend the money! Contracts always go to the lowest bidder.
There's a rumor that the reason the gov't won't get it is because there is a new body armor coming out that is made with a liquid that only hardens when struck by a high velocity projectile. Apparently it is comparable to the 'liquid' suits used by Olympic skiers.
The City, despite its lip-service to its First Responders, would rather pay a few lawsuits to officers killed in the line of duty than front $2000 per officer for a vest. As it is, every officer must buy his or her own equipment - gun included. A newly hired officer can expect to spend $5,000 of his own money on equipment. The City gives you your first vest but you pay for any additional ones and for any upgrades to the freebie.
With Daley and his cronies fleecing their constituents with the highest taxes in the nation, while crying poor everyday, Hell will freeze over the day we get anything of quality.