By Amaris Castillo
Police Chief Peter Bartlett lifted a protective vest in a conference room in police headquarters.
"In the event we have an active shooter in town, we can add this extra layer of protection for the patrol officers," Bartlett said of the Level IV protective vest. "You see a lot of violence in the world today, and our officers need to have the tools and equipment necessary to protect themselves so we can protect the community."
Bartlett was able to purchase 10 vests and 10 ballistic helmets for the agency's front-line cruisers thanks to a donation of $9,330 from the Old Home Day Committee, the body that organizes the town's biggest event.
This is the largest single donation the committee has made, according to Ken Cunha, chairman of the Old Home Day.
"We're very appreciative of it," Bartlett said.
"The proceeds in 90 percent of the cases are given back to the town," Cunha said. "We do give to some nonprofit organizations, but the idea of Dracut Old Home Day is, the town does Old Home Day, we give the money back to the town as much as possible."
The idea to donate money to the Police Department stemmed from a meeting the committee had with police over security for the event.
This year marks the 18th annual Old Home Day.
The event is set to take Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on Old Home Day, visit www.dracutoldhomeday.com.
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