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Public-private partnership puts new safety equipment in play for fire, police

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announces new safety equipment for fire, police. (SOURCE: WGCL) Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announces new safety equipment for fire, police. (SOURCE: WGCL)
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Police, firefighters and corrections officers in Atlanta will be a little safer thanks to about 1,800 new sets of helmets and vests purchased for them.

Georgia Power and the City of Atlanta together put up $2M to invest in the vests and helmets, which Mayor Kasim Reed said would protect them from rounds from assault weapons. 

Reed said 1,500 sets would go to the Atlanta Police Department, 281 would go to the Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department and the Department of Corrections would get 75 sets.

Earlier this year, Mayor Kasim Reed announced the public-private partnership, of which the goal was to get business owners to match the city of Atlanta's contribution of $1M.

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Instead of the money coming from several different sources as the city initially intended, Georgia Power put up the entire amount, making the purchase much faster, Reed said. Watch the full announcement, which includes comments from Mayor Reed, Georgia Power's CEO Paul Bowers and the Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

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