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Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2024

Ohio A-G awards body armor vest grants

VW independent/submitted information

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has awarded more than $345,000 in grants to more than 60 law enforcement agencies around the state over the last three months to purchase body armor vests for their officers.

Dave Yost

Area recipients include the Van Wert Sheriff’s Office, $13,748; Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, $6,000; Antwerp Police Department, $9,255; Payne Police Department, $1,787; Oakwood Police Department, $5,214; Ottawa Police Department, $9.960; Fort Jennings Police Department, $1,755; Rockford Police Department, $2,126; and Spencerville Police Department, $7,134.

“Every department wants to have a vest for every officer, but the vests are not cheap and have to be replaced after a certain number of years,” Yost said. “Helping to protect these officers is a meaningful way to thank them as they put themselves at risk for our sake each day.”

The Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program is administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, with funding provided by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) as part of its Safety Intervention Grant Program.

The program began in August 2018, with $3.55 million in grants awarded through fiscal year 2019. In August 2019, Yost and Gov. Mike DeWine announced $3.5 million in new funding for the program. Since then, $345,837 in new grants have been issued to 63 Ohio police agencies. A total of 426 agencies have received grants during the life of the program.

Participating agencies can receive up to $40,000 to purchase body armor vests with a local match of 25%. More than 40 of the agencies receiving grants in the last three months had received grants previously but had not claimed the maximum $40,000 and were therefore able to apply for additional grant dollars.

Eligibility is restricted to law enforcement agencies that pay BWC premiums and have policies in good standing. Law enforcement agencies can find more information and apply for the program through the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG).

POSTED: 11/29/19 at 8:22 am. FILED UNDER: News