Dan Aykroyd donates new protective gear to Pearl Police

Dan Aykroyd donates new protective gear to Pearl Police
Updated: Apr. 12, 2017 at 11:11 PM CDT
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Source: WLBT
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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Pearl Police Department's SWAT team received new protective gear to help sweep drugs and crime off the streets.

Officers spoke about the gear and a new state law that punishes people who target law enforcement.

"When these guys go into a building, they go into a house and they go in to clear it and they don't know the dangers," said The Blue Line Foundation's Ramous Austin.

Pearl Police's SWAT team members now have more than $5,000 worth of safety helmets and protective vests. The generous donation is from actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd and The Blue Line Foundation.

Pearl's Police Chief and Mayor say the donations are right on time.

"What's good today, two or three years later, may be outdated," said Mayor Brad Rogers. "So we always try to stay up-to-date on the equipment for our guys."

"They look good," said Police Chief Tim Sarrett. "Also, you know if they were to get hit, they have some safeguards in place that are going to keep them alive and functioning and can protect the city the best way they know how."

They also took time to praise the Governor Phil Bryant for signing the Back The Badge Act, which goes into effect July 1.

Basically, it enhances penalties for crimes committed against law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency responders.

"There is always going to be some opposition no matter what profession you are in," said Austin. "Unfortunately, when you're in our profession you can take someone's freedom, so you were going to be met with a little bit more hostility than the average person."

While these officers admit, there are some bad apples in the bunch, the good outweighs the bad and your support is needed.

"So many times, police officers get a bad rap," said Mayor Rogers. "99 times out of 100, if the person involved wouldn't have don't something wrong, the police wouldn't be there to start with. As individuals and citizens, we need to back our police officers."

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