October 27, 2017
(Prince George, VA) – Police Awarded Grant Assistance for Bulletproof Vests
On October 26th, the Prince George County Police Department received notice that they were awarded $8,463.54 from the U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for the purchase of bulletproof vests for this fiscal year.
The purpose of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program is to reimburse states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions up to 50% of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers. Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions have participated in the BVP Program, with a total of $430 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests.
Bulletproof vests helps absorb the impact, and reduce, or stop penetration to the body from firearm-fired projectiles and shrapnel from explosions. The vests have a lifespan of approximately five years before replacement is required. Every sworn officer with the Prince George County Police Department is issued a bulletproof vest.