Shield 616 donates new gear to Grand Junction Police

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Eight officers with the Grand Junction police department received life-saving equipment Thursday.

The non-profit group, Shield 616, donated rifle-rated gear that would be used during an active shooter situation.

"If they are responding to one of those types of calls, they have the higher level equipment to better protect themselves from those incidents and do it in a way that's certainly better for them in terms of the safety," said Doug Shoemaker, Chief of Police.

Each set costs about $2,500 and includes a vest, helmet and trauma kit.

"We've been doing different fundraisers, and so, we've been able to raise right around $12,000 and we're going to be giving out our first eight vests," said Jake Skifstad, founder and president of Shield 616.

Shield 616 raises money to donate tactical gear to police officers and firefighters.

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