A new state rule requires all court officers to wear bullet-proof vests — but the boob-squishing safety gear has no contoured room for breasts, making it painful and irritating for women, female officers say.
Beyond the annoying discomfort that this problem may present to those women serving as officers, the core issue seems to be the reprecussion of agencies desire to save money by purchasing ‘one size fits all’ protective vests that are less expensive than effectual custom fitted bulletproof vests. If individuals opt to discard the standard issue as a result of discomfort, the rate of female mortality within this group would likely increase. The purpose for buying the protective garments is to ensure that all
people officers are safer than they would be without wearing what has been deemed a critical part of their uniform.
Not only is this particular purchase a waste of taxpayer money but may invariably cause more deaths than it actually saves. The women’s struggle is far from over when these types of oversights continue to be made by unaware operations manager’s. Would conducting a preliminary survey regarding the effectuation and dissemination of these items-have been a more proactive effort to ensure that money wasn’t wasted and that all officers would benefit?
“They are man vests — that is why they don’t fit women,’’ a male court officer noted. “They make female vests that are contoured, but they cost more, so they issued everyone men’s vests.”
Sometimes we need to think, research and then react.