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Body Armour Sought For B.C. Liquor Inspectors

12/30/2011 02:23 EST | Updated 02/29/2012 05:12 EST

The B.C. government is looking to buy more body armour for its liquor inspectors.

The tender was issued a week ago by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General seeking a supplier of level two ballistic resistant soft body armour or SBA.

The protective vests are for everyday wear for more than 40 liquor inspectors across the province.

Government spokespersons say this is nothing new and body armour has been used by inspectors for the past 4 years. The supply arrangement on the tender is for a four-year period.

The government says the inspectors routinely go into all types of drinking establishments and liquor stores at any hour of the day. The body armour is simply meant to improve their safety.

Descriptions for the job say inspectors need skills to effectively defuse volatile situations and ensure public safety.

It's not known when the last time a liquor inspector was shot or even threatened with a weapon.