Governor Abbott announces body armor grant program for Texas police

Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that the Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division is now accepting applications for rifle-resistant body armor from Texas law enforcement agencies.

Abbott signed Bill 12 during the 85th Legislative Session in late May. The bill funds the $25 million statewide grant program, which was designed to provide Texas officers with protective personal body armor.

"We must do all we can to protect those who protect us," said Gov. Abbott. "The men and women who put their lives on the line to protect Texans deserve the greatest protections, and as Governor I am committed to doing all I can to support them."

This announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of the ambush shootings in Dallas that killed five officers.

Law enforcement agencies.can fill out an application to be eligible for body armor grants.