Allentown police car

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Allentown Police Department will use a $50,000 state grant to buy safety equipment.

The money will be used to buy a situational awareness camera that will allow officers to have more effective visibility at night, increasing their ability to to resolve emergency situations, the city mayor's office said in a news release.

The department will also use the money to buy 60 ballistic helmets for patrol officers, four ballistic shields, and a rifle shield, the mayor's office said.

The funds will also go toward buying new uniform shirts with patch and badge attachments. The department wants to have all officers in the new uniforms by Jan. 1, 2021.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s Economic Development and Community Development Initiatives program provided the grant.

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