Police officers in Monticello are bulking up their personal protection with the purchase of a dozen body armor kits.
Police Chief Randy Soliday says the department is seeing more violence and firearms calls, so officers need to be prepared.
“We felt that it would be better to come up with some additional protection,” he says. “Ballistic helmets and ballistic panels that we could put in carriers – so we could better equip the officers to handle higher-powered firearms.”
Soliday says sometimes, when a call comes in, officers don’t know if a firearm is present.