New Jersey Attorney General Paula T. Dow on Nov. 1 announced the distribution of nearly $3.6 million in grants intended for county and municipal departments to purchase body armor.
Verona police Chief Doug Huber and Cedar Grove police Chief Richard Vanderstreet say they had applied for the grant for many years. Before the grant system was available, police solicited donations to replace old body armor.
Typically, bullet-resistant vests last about five years. In Cedar Grove, police officers were issued with a bullet-proof vest upon hire and would then be responsible for subsequent replacements.
“The grant offers us a little more latitude in keeping our officers current,” said Vanderstreet.
In the cases of both departments, the funds received will be used as needed in the near future to replace old body armor and to issue new bullet proof vests for new hires. And that’s quite an investment.
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