NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mother-of-two Kaye Jones told News 2 at times she cries herself to sleep at night worrying about her two sons and husband.
All three of them are law enforcement officers.
“After 33 years, I still don’t go to sleep until he graces that door,” said Jones.
She owns a police, fire and EMS supply store and told News 2 she is seeing more officers and their families spend their own money for equipment to give them added protection in the field.
“Unfortunately, it’s a matter of dollars and cents. Most officers are young, they have young families and the have to choose,” said Jones.
“I’ve been contacted by mothers and fathers, maybe they are in a better financial place and they are buying this for their children,” she continued.
New 2 spoke with the vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Mark Woodfin to get his thoughts on officers having to spend their own money on equipment if they feel they need added protection.
Woodfin sent News 2 a statement that reads:
The FOP listens to and understand officers’ concerns. For safety reasons I cannot comment on equipment and/or their capabilities we currently have in use. As you might expect, new technology and equipment for law enforcement comes out all of the time. I can not speak for other agencies, but the MNPD constantly test new equipment and evaluates its effectiveness. The FOP will always push to ensure we receive not only the best training but the best equipment for Nashville’s officers. Officers will from time to time, purchase items themselves if they feel it will better assist them at work.
The Fraternal Order of Police told News 2 they have a meeting set with the Metro Police Chief next week to discuss equipment for officers.