CENTRAL, La. (BRPROUD) – Central’s Police Department has new equipment as a way to keep its officers safe.

In the past months, Central Police have invested in heavy armor protective vests. Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran said the new vests are amazing.

“They are one of the better vest that are made out there,” said Corcoran.

According to Corcoran, funding for heavy-duty equipment was made possible by lawmakers.

“Senator White and Congressman Ivey were able to allocate some money and we were able to buy 20 vests,” said Corcoran.

The vests are similar to the older models but have special plates on the inside.

“They’re a lot lighter now, but these vests here have cavalier in them plus they have a special-made plate that was made by otter box,” said Corcoran.

The vests weigh about 60 pounds with the high-tech equipment inside. They can withstand the strike of a projectile from a handgun or an assault rifle.

According to the Fraternal Order of Police, ambush attacks on officers are up by 91 percent.

Corcoran said it is those staggering numbers why these made the investment to ensure their officers make it home at the end of the day.

Along with vests, the department also invested in body cameras.

“They keep everyone honest. It shows the whole story, it just doesn’t get one side because it records language and actions,” said Corcoran.

The cost of the vests may have been thousands of dollars, but Corcoran says he can’t put a price on his officers’ lives.

“I’ve been in a situation where I’ve had to bury a police officer before and if I can send them home to their families at the end of the day, I’d do my best to do that,” said Corcoran.