Sheriff’s Office Gets New Bulletproof Vests
By Katlyn Reece
(Versailles, Ind.) – Sheriff Tom Grills of Ripley County announced that new bulletproof vests have been purchased for deputies with the help of a grant through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership.
The cost to purchase new vests topped $15,000. Almost half of that was secured through the grant request. The other half was collected from firearms application revenues.
“The citizens of Ripley County who request a permit to carry a handgun pay fees, and a portion of those fees are deposited into an account that we can use to purchase firearms, ammo, and of course, these vests,” said Sheriff Grills. “I want to thank them for not only choosing to protect themselves, but to help us pay for much needed equipment.”
Vests are rated for five years and once that five-year period is up new vests must be purchased.
The U. S. Department of Justice states they are committed to improving officer safety and is reviewing and analyzing violent encounters and law enforcement officer deaths and injuries. They announced an initiative to address the reliability of body armor used by officers and to examine the future of bullet-resistant technology and testing.
Following two years of declining officer deaths there was a 37 percent increase in officer deaths in 2010. 59 of the 160 officers killed in 2010 were shot during violent encounters which is a 20 percent increase over 2009 numbers.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, in 2013 there were 107 officers killed in the line of duty with 31 of those from gunfire.