On Aug. 14, the Springerville Police Department received their order for seven pop-shields at the Apache Industries facility. The devices were paid for by a grant received in July from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Since its creation in 2005, the foundation has awarded over $44 million in grants for equipment to help public safety officers around the country. Pop-shields are easy-to-deploy ballistic shields that fold up and can be carried or stored just about anywhere. The five-panel version the Springerville Police Department ordered weighs only 6.2 pounds each and unfolds in less than a second with a press of a button. These bullet-proof shields will offer three to four times the coverage area that standard body armor does, and they can be deployed inside vehicles. “We’re very happy to get them,” Chief Mike Nuttal said. “Anything to keep our officers safe.” Pictured from left are Allen and Ginger Harding of and Police Chief Mike Nuttal.