The vests will be ordered immediately.
As Darko Bicak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of August, 2018, the Croatian Government has approved for the Ministry of Interior to sign a decade long contract worth 54 million kuna with the Kroko production and development (Kroko proizvodnja i razvoj) company from Zagreb to purchase and maintain 3000 safety vests.
Kroko was the most successful among those who applied in the public tender, the company will produce, deliver and maintain the so-called ”body armour” for MUP for the period from 2019 to 2028. The government has decided to set aside 54 million kuna from the state budget solely for this purpose over the next ten years.
This amount will enable the purchase of a total of 3,000 such protective vests. Interior Minister Davor Božinović commented that this agreement addresses one of the Interior Ministry’s more pressing issues, which has been supported the data related to the use of coercive means and physical assaults on Croatian policemen over the last decade or so.
Božinović stated that there had been several cases of physical harm coming to police officers, in situations where officers had been injured, severely injured, and even killed in two cases.
He noted that by analysing the procurement procedures so far, it would have been impossible to properly equip the police with the necessary quantities of protective measures they require.
“Thus, a new procurement method has been applied, which implies the creation of exclusively new goods, and the leasing and maintenance of the vests for a period of 10 years. The advantage of this model is that the police will get all the necessary quantities [that they require] at once,” Božinović explained.