Anonymous donor giving Flint Police new patrol cars, bullet-proof vests

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FLINT (WJRT) (11/3/2017) - Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson says a retired police chief offered the donation about a week ago.

No price tag has been put on it, but it's well over a million dollars and could be worth several million.

Chief Tim Johnson says the new bullet proof vests are coming just in time because the Department's are set to expire in the next few months.

"It's a big safety issue and we didn't have the funding to go buy new ones, you know," the Chief explained. "I didn't know what we were gonna do. And it's just a blessing that he stepped up and offered to buy 'em."

Chief Johnson says bullet proof vests are good for about 3 to 5 years and most of his officers' vests will be 5-years-old in the next few months.

So this anonymous donor said he'd take care of it.

He's purchasing 110 vests, one for every single officer in the Department.

And, that's not all. The Chief says he's also replacing every patrol car with a 2017 Chevy Tahoe.

That's 41 brand new SUVs.

Chief Johnson says new vehicles have been on his wish-list, too, because some of their current ones are more than 10-years-old.

"It almost brought tears to my eyes because I know we got some generous citizens out there," the Chief said. "None of it came out of our City budget that we don't have. None of it had to be put into our line item budget. No, this was all given to us brand new equipment to move this city forward fighting crime."

Again, no word on who this donor is; but, he is certainly generous.