Vt. law enforcement agencies receive funds to purchase bulletproof vests

For Immediate Release
October 12, 2011

Erica Chabot
[email protected]

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12) – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday that 27 towns and counties across Vermont have been awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Justice to help purchase bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers. The grants are provided through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, which Leahy authored in 1998.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has helped to provide nearly one million bulletproof vests to law enforcement officers across the country, including more than 3,000 vests for Vermont officers. The new grants announced by will help offices in Vermont buy more than 320 new vests.

“Bulletproof vests are saving lives of law enforcement officers across the country,” said Leahy. “They protect those who are on the streets every day helping to keep our communities safe, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has proven its life-saving value.”

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program provides matching federal grants to state and local authorities for the purchase of bulletproof vests. Leahy worked to include in the grant program an all-state minimum formula to ensure that all qualifying state and local jurisdictions would receive at least .5 percent of the total amount of federal funds appropriated in a given year. Over the years Leahy has worked to modify the program for the benefit of grants recipients in other ways as well. He fought to include a matching requirement to ensure that in certain smaller jurisdictions, including certain jurisdictions in Vermont, the federal grant will always amount to 50 percent of the purchase cost. Leahy also worked to include a provision in the program to allow financially struggling jurisdictions to apply for a hardship waiver of the 50 percent match requirement.

Leahy has worked to reauthorize the bulletproof vests grant program since its enactment, most recently in 2008. The program is currently authorized through 2012.

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Vermont Jurisdictions Receiving Bulletproof Vest Grants
Jurisdiction Grant Amount Number of Vests
Barre City $3,549.00 12
Barre Town $ 227.38 3
Bennington County $ 3,275.00 10
Bennington Town $ 5,600.00 14
Brandon Town $ 299.50 1
Brattleboro Town $ 898.50 3
Burlington City $ 3,294.50 11
Dover Town $ 2,125.00 7
Essex Junction Village $ 1,250.00 4
Hartford Town $ 1,198.00 4
Middlebury Town $ 1,740.00 4
Milton Town $ 2,097.00 6
Montpelier City $ 1,500.00 5
Norwich Town $ 1,500.00 5
Orange County $ 7,815.00 20
Richmond Town $ 898.50 3
Rutland City $ 4,389.00 14
Shelburne Town $ 4,492.50 15
Springfield Town $ 830.49 3
St. Albans City $ 898.50 3
Stowe Town $ 1,230.00 3
Vergennes City $ 3,235.50 9
Vermont (State) $ 5,123.98 135
Vernon Town $ 2,341.50 7
Williston Town $ 559.00 2
Windsor Town $ 1,488.00 6
Winhall Town $ 4,300.00 14
Total for Vermont $ 66,200.85 323
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