How a school is pitching in to protect Chicago police officers

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CHICAGO -- Students at a Catholic high school with strong ties to the Chicago Police Department are doing their part to protect the officers.

Hundreds, maybe thousands of officers are alive today because of the vests they wore stopping bullets. At Brother Rice High School, 110 students have members of their own families in the Chicago Police Department.

And four graduates who were police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Students at Brother Rice understand the importance of bullet proof vests. But vests, which are vital pieces of equipment, don't last forever.

Police officers receive a $600 uniform stipend (to cover the cost of everything from uniforms, socks, ties, bullets, guns and vests) three times a year for a total of $1,800.

A newly hired Chicago Police officer receives no immediate stipend for equipment and is required to purchase all equipment & uniform supplies on his or her own, which can be into the thousands of dollars.

So students at the school decided to make raising money for vests their fundraising project. The students have raised about $800.

To donate to the Get Behind The Vest campaign, go to



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