By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Local police will get new bulletproof vests, thanks to federal funding.
A U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant will help purchase 13 additional bulletproof vests for the department.
The money is part of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program.
The grant will pay for half the cost of that equipment, or $2,764. The town will get 50 percent of the cost reimbursed after the purchase is made.
Police Chief Edward Garone said the department has participated in the program for several years.
Vests cost about $440 each, Garone said, and each item has about a five-year life span before needing to be replaced.
“Some will be running out this year,” Garone said.
When new officers enter the department they are all outfitted with a vest. They are all tailor-made to fit each officer.
Garone said all his officers wear bulletproof protection every day they are on duty.
“Every officer on patrol is wearing one of those vests,” he said.
That goes for the chief, too.
“I do wear one occasionally, but not every day,” he said.