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111 Police Agencies Awarded $377,000 for Body Armor
Updated November 1, 2017 7:27 AM
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(UNDATED) - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that 111 Indiana law-enforcement agencies will be awarded a total of $377,409 to help purchase ballistic or stab-resistant body armor.

"According to the National Institute of Justice, ballistic body armor has saved more than 3,000 police officers' lives during the past three decades," said Dave Murtaugh, executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. "The ICJI recognizes local agencies that met the requirements for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership matching grants and applied directly with the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance."

Locally those receiving funds:

  • Lawrence County - $1,625.21
  • Town of Brownstown - $1,201.94
  • City of Jasonville - $1,437.55
  • City of Columbus - $2,445.83
  • City of Martinsville - $5,012.24
  • City of Seymour - $8,331.77
The Bulletproof Vest Partnership gave funding priority to cities, towns and counties with less than 100,000 residents. The 50-50 matching funds reimburse the purchase of NIJ-compliant vests that are made in the United States and ordered after April 1, 2017. The local agencies listed below must request reimbursement before Aug. 31, 2019.

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