The city will retrofit all 72 NYPD police trucks with bulletproof glass, officials said just days after an officer was assassinated while sitting in one of the vehicles.
The work will be done by the end of the year and cost $1.3 million, de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said on Twitter.
Officer Miosotis Familia was sitting in a police truck at the end of her shift earlier this week when police say Alexander Bonds walked up to the window and shot her through it, killing the mother of three.
NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was shot and killed in the Bronx on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
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Law enforcement officers examine a police truck (l.) after New York Police Department officer Miosotis Familia was shot in the face on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in the Bronx, N.Y.
The city was already in the process of fitting all of its police cruisers with bulletproof glass windows in the wake of the assassinations of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were gunned down sitting in their cars in 2014.
But police vehicles of the kind Familia was inside were exempt from that effort. The new $1.3 million will change that, the city said.
The project will include the installation of bullet-resistant door panels, window inserts and other retrofits — but the front windshields of the police vehicles won’t get the bullet-resistant glass, because its technology doesn’t accommodate the curvature of them, according to city Hall.
The money will be a mix of city tax dollars and asset forfeiture funds, the city said.