CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston city council has approved emergency funding for new body armor for city police officers.
Police Chief Greg Mullen asked Mayor John Tecklenburg to place the the request for the heavy body armor on Tuesday's Ways and Means Committee's agenda.
Council members Tuesday night voted to allocate $250,000 in city funds to purchase the bullet proof vests.
The vests have metal plates in pockets that are designed to stop certain rounds fired from high-powered assault rifles
That type of weapon has been used in the recent spike of deadly police shootings.
Right now, most officers wear a softer vest which is lighter and is designed to stop rounds fired from a pistol.
A police spokesman says the plan is to provide every officer with the heavier body armor.