The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department will be receiving new bulletproof vests thanks to a new grant.

The Coffee County Commission passed a motion for the Sheriff’s Department to receive the grant which will help pay for new bulletproof vests.

Once a year, the grant is offered by the Department of Justice to help offset the cost of bulletproof vests needed for law enforcement.

“We didn’t put in for them last year because we didn’t have a lot that were at the end of service life so we just bought them outright,” said Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin. “The majority of the vests this year have come due to their five-year life and so that was going to be a large expense that was going to be made and so we put in for this to help offset that cost.”

The grant is a 50% match grant which helps with offsetting the cost by covering half of the total of all the vests.  In this case, the grant will cover $25,015.15 out of the total amount of $57,639. Read More