5 police departments get national grants for bulletproof vests

Five local police agencies won a national grant that will help them protect their officers against injury or death.

Grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership, and 111 Indiana law-enforcement agencies were awarded $377,409 to help purchase ballistic or stab-resistant body armor.

The partnership gave funding priority to cities, towns and counties with fewer 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 following local law-enforcement agencies are eligible for the reimbursement:

Edinburgh: $4,360

Franklin: $15,315

Greenwood: $3,108

New Whiteland: $3,517

Prince’s Lakes: $1,790