Holster manufacturer Comp-Tac Victory Gear announced plans to discount their gear as well as donate $5,000 to the Concerns of Police Survivors charity to show support for the law enforcement community.
Though Comp-Tac is no stranger to discounts, usually offering 10 percent off products to police and military, the company is taking it a step further. Until Aug. 20 Comp-Tac will be discounting products 50 percent for LE and military customers.
In addition to slashing prices, the company also chose to donate funds to the C.O.P.S. charity. Founded in 1984, the organization currently boasts 37,000 members and benefits families of officers killed on duty.
Comp-Tac owner and president, Gregg Garrett, said that he wants cops to know the company stands behind them.
“The law enforcement community is facing some very negative publicity and attitudes these days, but they need to know that they are not alone. All of us here at Comp-Tac support the men and women that put their lives in danger every day to protect and serve our persons, homes, families and communities,” Garrett said in a statement. “Our donation is but a small gesture, however, it is one that is extremely important to us.”
Police have been under scrutiny the past few weeks with the deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Sterling and Castile were fatally shot by police within days of each other and both deaths sparked nationwide protests.
One of these demonstrations, held in Dallas, turned deadly when a lone gunman targeted cops overseeing the event. Ultimately, five officers lost their lives nine other were wounded. The Dallas shooting made the list as one of the worst attacks on police in U.S. history.
Cops, still reeling from the incident in Dallas, were on the defensive again as another gunman took to the streets of Baton Rouge and opened fire on responding officers. Three cops were gunned down by the assailant and three more were injured before the suspect was killed. News outlets reported the gunman was upset over Sterling’s death.
C.O.P.S. issued a statement on Facebook this week asking followers to donate funds in response to the attacks in Texas and Louisiana.
“Demands for our service are at an all time high. In light of the sudden increase of line-of-duty deaths in July, the upcoming needs to support these survivors will have an impact on our Hands-On Programs now and in the future,” the group posted to Facebook.
So far, 67 officers have died this year in the line of duty.