CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – Lower Allen Township police are getting new cars with door panels made of Kevlar, the same material used in bullet-proof vests, ABC27 learned in a recent community meeting.
Police in nearby Silver Spring Township ordered three cruisers with Kevlar doors last year and plan to get two more this year.
Silver Spring police Chief Christopher Raubenstine said officers can use the doors for protection if they come under fire. He said officers have received training on how to use the doors in a tactical manner.
“Most of the issues with officer-involved shootings where they were the victims were traffic stops,” Raubenstine said. “You pull someone over, they hop out and are engaging the officer immediately with a firearm.”
For each cruiser, the option is a $1,500 investment.
“And to me, that’s a very cheap investment,” Lower Allen police Chief James Adams said. “What’s the cost of burying an officer?”
“We’re fortunate enough to have these panels. However, it’s disturbing the greater need for more protective equipment for officers,” Silver Spring police Officer Shane McMillan said.
“I never would have dreamed five years ago that I would be ordering cars with ballistic panels in the doors,” Adams said.
“We need to be prepared for what could happen, not what has happened,” Raubenstine said. “If we wait for it after the fact, we’ve waited too long and it could have dire consequences.”