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Bullet-proof shields arrive for Placer deputies

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

In the aftermath of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history on Monday, Placer County sheriff’s deputies are more prepared to handle a similar crisis in the county.

The department received six new bullet-proof shields from the non-profit Placer County Sheriff’s Council. One or two of the ballistic shields will be used in Tahoe, said Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the department.

The news comes the day after 33 people were killed by a gunman on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

“Any time we have an armed suspect we can up the deputies’ safety,” said Erwin.

The shields were being bought by the sheriff’s council prior to the Virginia Tech incident, Erwin said.

Each shield cost $2,000, according to the department.

They are lightweight, and can fit in the trunk of the sergeant’s patrol cars.

Officers will be training with the shields tomorrow at the Auburn Justice Center.

Erwin said that the department has been on alert in case there were any efforts to copy the Virginia Tech shootings in the area.

“We always anticipate that somebody might try to copy,” said Erwin.