I truly hope that the training and equipment for our thin blue line is the best available - we need them.
- These following calculations are speculative to a degree as most statements that I research are very coy about ACTUAL numbers .. however it would be fair to say that roughly half of the new recruits are to replace staffing losses - we might calculate that by the end of this four year roll-out there may have been issued around 12,000 replacement body armor vests.
Now accepting that I'm only a forklift driver storeman (retired) I calculate that to be a cost of NZ$1,725 for each vest. - In USA The Rand Corporation estimated that the cost per officer as being US $111 .. (in 2010) so I'll double that for the exchange rate and double it again for inflation:
NZ $ 444. - Then how about we double it again just for luck?.. that makes each vest maybe NZ $888. - No .. we're not getting there yet .. perhaps each officer will get an extra bonus body armor set in their color choice on her/his birthday - now we're close to it at $1,776 for each serving officer.
Tactical Solutions - supervising this armor purchase are obviously a quality outfit .. I see that they can supply bolt cutters @ $829 each whereas Mitre 10 charge fully $79 for a similar item ..
Being that we are British New Zealanders - I also note that Fortress Body Armour of Scotland can do these ballistic-stab-proof armor vests for 140 pounds each .. free shipping worldwide.