NEW YORK (PIX11) — NYPD officers have a new tool to keep them safe on the job.

A new bulletproof vest that can be worn by officers with their business attire has been developed, NYPD officials announced Wednesday. Officials said the plan came about following the death of Detective Brian Simonsen during a robbery in Queens back in 2019.

“They are thinner and lighter while still providing life-saving protection,” Edward Caban, first deputy commissioner of the NYPD, said about the vests.

Caban credited the Detectives’ Endowment Association and the New York City Police Foundation for their financial support.

Dr. Philip Ozuah, the Chair of the Board of the New York City Police Foundation, said 550 vests were already given and another 1,000 are being donated. They cost around $750,000.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified one of the organizations providing financial support and the number of vests donated.