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NYPD’s mobile command centers to be retrofitted with bullet-resistant glass and armor

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department says it plans to add bullet-resistant glass and armor to its mobile command centers after the fatal shooting of a police officer as she sat in one.

NYPD spokesman Peter Donald said Thursday the department plans to begin retrofitting 72 of the RV-like vehicles as a safety measure.

The original program had the nation’s largest police department adding the protection only to its roughly 3,800 marked and unmarked patrol cars and not the command centers.

Wednesday’s killing of Officer Miosotis Familia by a gunman who blasted a bullet through an ordinary window left some people wondering if enough was done to protect her.

The ambush shooting of a police officer sitting in an RV-like mobile command center raised questions about whether the New York Police Department should go further with an ongoing program to add bullet-resistant glass and armor to its vehicles.

The program by the nation's largest police department has prioritized retrofitting roughly 3,800 marked and unmarked patrol cars with ballistic panels and bullet-resistant glass.

The killing Wednesday of Officer Miosotis Familia by a gunman who walked up and blasted a single round from a .38-caliber revolver through an ordinary window has left some wondering if enough was done to protect her.

Experts caution fortifying police vehicles shouldn't be seen as a panacea for gun violence against police.