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Maryland State Police to pilot “B-Kit” Door Armor

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, June 5, 2017 – Together with Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi, Hardwire, LLC announces that its Police Vehicle “B-Kit” Door Armor is being piloted by the Maryland State Police.  

Hardwire’s "B-Kit” Door Armor was originally developed as a spin-off of military technology where armor goes onto the outside of a vehicle.  For law enforcement vehicles, the lightweight armor attaches to the outside of the car door and is color-matched so the armor blends in with the existing vehicle. 

The Maryland State Police has initiated a pilot program to explore this new technology on a limited number of vehicles. 

“Recent events around the country have shown that officers need more layers of protection,” said Hardwire’s CEO, George Tunis.  “Armor buys critical time to assess a situation or survive an attack.  It saves lives.” 



Hardwire's Hard Workers Program

The Hardwire’s Hard Workers Program is done in conjunction with Pocomoke Middle School.  Each month, Hardwire recognizes one employee as its “Hardwire Hard Worker.”  Additionally, each month, Pocomoke Middle School recognizes one male and one female as the school’s “Hardwire Hard Workers”.  Each student is given a Hardwire t-shirt, gets a photo taken, and has the chance to talk to Hardwire’s leadership and employees about the importance of hard work in being successful in school and later in life.  The student recognition takes place on the 15th of each month.  February 15, 2017 was the initiation of this program.

NYPD, mayor show off bulletproof glass for patrol cars

Article taken from: amny.com

 

The NYPD convened Tuesday what the commissioner called a “show and tell” of bullet-resistant glass and doors to be installed on more than 3,800 patrol vehicles.

The bullet-resistant doors will be installed by the end of the year; the windows by the first half of next year, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“You saw that material, very high tech material, that absorbs the bullet and literally takes the bullet’s trajectory and uses it against it to stop it dead in its tracks,” de Blasio said inside a classroom the NYPD uses to train cops.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the need to protect cops in vehicles from gunfire was motivated by the 2014 shooting deaths of Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32 — officers who were ambushed by a mentally ill gunman as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn — and the killing the following year of Brian Moore, 25, a cop who was shot by a suspect in Queens.

Money for the remodeled training facility and the bullet-resistant windows for every NYPD patrol vehicle is in de Blasio’s draft $84.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year: $10.4 million for the windows and $275 million for the remodeling.

The plan also will modernize Rodman’s Neck, which the NYPD took over in 1960. Among other changes, the department will seek to muffle gunfire that rattles neighbors on nearby City Island.

Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) says the noise has long been a source of consternation among his constituents.

O’Neill said construction of the facility is long overdue.

“I think the same dining hall’s been up here forever. I think I remember eating meatball sandwiches back here way back in 1983,” he said. “It might even be the same meatballs.”