Officers with the Seminole Police Dept. were the gracious recipients of 11 tactical vests from a Hobbs, N.M. business -- a gift which totaled just over $12,100.

According to SPD Chief of Police, Bernie Kraft, the recently donated vests were supplied by Tactical Security Solutions (TTS).

"These vests will add a higher level of protection for officers during 'critical' or 'high risk' situations they could encounter," said Kraft. "The Seminole Police Dept. is very grateful for the donation of the vests, and would like to thank Ms. Kathi Bearden (Owner of  TSS), Kenneth Norris (General Manager) and Clint Agnew (Facilities Security Manager) for the donation of the vests."

Kraft described the vests as being "heavy duty" in design, with their primary purpose being used by SPD officers during the course of narcotics warrant services and other "high risk" situations, such as an "active shooter event."

"These are some heavy duty vests," said Kraft. "They're designed to better protect officers during those high risk situations."

The vests were valued at a price of $1,100 a piece, according to SPD officials.

Kraft added the donation of the vests happened quickly, as SPD officials were notified of the vests availability last week as surplus items for the private security and tactical supply company.

"I told them I had money," said Kraft in expressing his interest in initially purchasing the equipment. "But, over the week, they (TSS) talked through their chain of command and they offered to donate the vests to us."

According to the company's website (www.tssnm.com), the Hobbs, N.M.-based company offers Level I (unarmed security), Level II (intermediate armed) and Level III (fully armed) security details for both private and governmental business ventures.

The Sentinel attempted to make contact with officials with TTS officials on Monday through a telephone number provided on the company's website, but was unable to successfully reach company officials.

Kraft added SPD officers are currently equipped with tactical vests -- also known as bulletproof vests -- for day-to-day wear while on patrol duties.