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Letter: Police safety must include equipment

Two NYPD officers were shot in Fordham section

Two NYPD officers were shot in Fordham section of the Bronx Monday night, according to multiple media reports. Credit: Photo by FILE

I was glad to read that the New York State Senate will hold public hearings on police safety ["NY Senate plans cop safety hearings," News, Dec. 30].

I hope the Senate allows New York City Police Department officers to testify with immunity so the senators can hear the truth. Every city police officer I know tells me the same thing: Equipment installed in the vehicles doesn't work. This unnecessarily places the officers in danger when they are trying to ascertain a suspect's status.

Also, some police departments have Kevlar built into the doors of police sedans. How about placing this bullet-resistant material into the vehicles of the NYPD? If the state really has a $5 billion settlement from banks, this would be a perfect time.

Thomas Duignan, West Islip

Editor's note: The writer is a retired state park police officer.