NEW YORK - (AP) - An unarmed Orthodox Jewish community watch groupwill receive five bulletproof vests from a New York senator so thatit can safely patrol neighborhood streets.

Sen. Eric Adams says he'll buy the vests using his own funds anddonate them to the Shomrim safety patrol. Each costs $400.

Four members of the group were wounded Sept. 2 when a suspectaccused of exposing himself to young girls opened fire on themduring an attempted arrest.

The nearly 100-member volunteer Shomrim group is licensed andworks alongside police to patrol two Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Adams said Monday he hoped to encourage other elected officialsto support the group.

He says five vests will be sufficient for patrols at any giventime. But he says it would be best if all members of the patrol hadtheir own vests.