The Orlando City Council on Monday is expected to accept state funds for equipment meant to help protect Orlando police officers in an active-shooter scenario.

A $54,976 grant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will go toward purchasing 162 “Active Shooter First Responder Kits," which are comprised of two steel armor plates, a vest to attach them to and a carrying case.

OPD was approved for the FDLE Justice Assistant Grant in March, records show.

In its pitch for funds, OPD said officers responding to shooting scenes will use the equipment “to protect them from rifle fire as they apprehend active shooter(s) and safeguard civilians.”

The vests are overlaid with a webbing material that allows officers to attach items to it. The two 10-by-12-inch steel plates can be secured on the front and back of the vest. Read More