Orange County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Funding for Bulletproof VestsOct 23rd, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
Body armor purchase helps keep local law enforcement safe
Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois recently announced that his Office applied for and will be receiving $9,091.25 in grant funding from the New York State Soft Body Armor Program, administered by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice, to cover the purchase of 19 lifesaving bulletproof vests for newly hired police officers and deputy sheriffs.
“This grant supplements monies in the Sheriff’s Annual Budget, as vests are replaced due to technological improvements in vest construction,” said Sheriff DuBois. “My Office is committed to finding grants and other monies that keep correction officers and deputies safe and properly equipped as they protect the residents of Orange County.”
Although the State Aid Voucher Orange County received lists $14,089.25 as a total for the purchase of the soft body armor, New York State takes into account funds the Office received from the Federal Bulletproof Vest Program, which was $4,998 and supplements the balance of expenses.
The NYS Soft Body Armor Program directs that the Sheriff’s Office must first purchase and receive the vests before applying for federal and state funding.
According to the National Institute of Justice, studies on officer safety suggest that 42% of officer deaths by firearms may have been prevented if the officer had been wearing concealable body armor. Further studies also show that of those whose lives could have been saved, 94% needed torso protection from rounds delivered by handguns, rifles and shotguns.