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The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Awards 2019 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grants

Post Date:10/04/2019 7:39 AM

Curry County Manager’s Office
417 Gidding Street, Suite 100
Clovis, NM  88101
(575) 763-6016


For Immediate Release on:     October 4, 2019
Issued By:                                Curry County Administration

 

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Awards 2019 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grants

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has awarded Curry County $3,697.61 of grant funding, through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program for the purpose of purchasing body armor for law enforcement officers.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership was created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998.  It is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement.  The program reimburses states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions up to 50% of the cost of bulletproof vests purchased for law enforcement officers. According to the Office of Justice Programs, Bulletproof Vest Partnership website, “since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions have participated in the BVP Program, with a total of $467 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,349,813 vests as of January 2019).”  It also states that “from FY 2015 through FY 2018, protective vests were directly attributable to saving the lives of at least 146 law enforcement and corrections officers (based on data collected by the Office of Justice Programs). Twenty-six of those vests were purchased, in part, with BVP funds.”

County Manager, Lance Pyle, stated, “for more than fifteen years, Curry County has participated in the Bureau of Justice, Bulletproof Vest Partnership.  In that time, the County has received $37,385.86 of grant funding, which has gone toward the purchase of ninety-five (95) uniquely fitted vests for law enforcement officers with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office”.

For additional information about the BVP grant program, please contact Doria Rey, Community Services Administrator at 575-763-6016 ext. 132 or by email at drey@currycounty.org

 

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