New Orleans police cars could get special "one-way glass"

Police cars in New Orleans could soon have glass to stop bullets being fired in, but which allows officers to fire out.

After months of research, New Orleans City Council has found a company in Florida that manufactures such a product.Councillors made a commitment to find such glass after an officer was shot dead in his patrol car in the city last August., reports the Times Picayune.The "one-way glass" blocks bullets from entering a vehicle from the outside, but allows officers "to return fire from the inside," according to a report submitted to the council last week.Wilson Howard, the council's assistant research director who headed up the search for the glass, said: "The return fire can move through the glass from the officer, and the glass will reseal itself."The council says it could cost about £8,000 per vehicle to fit the windscreen, the two front doors and the inside glass partition.The city has been recommended it fit-out at least 125 police cars.

600450 New Orleans police cars could get special "one-way glass"
Date: 10 July 2003

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