State grant funds beef up area body armor efforts

By Staff Reports -

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Tuesday that more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state, including more than a dozen in the greater Lima region, are now participating in the Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program.

The program, administered by the attorney general’s office since August 2018, is funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and provides grants totaling up to $40,000 to each agency.

In Allen County, five agencies shared in more than $39,680 in state grant funds since the program’s implementation. Grants have been awarded to Allen County Sheriff’s Office ($10,732), Bluffton Police Department ($9,808), Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District ($3,063), Spencerville Police Department ($7,134) and Shawnee Township Police Department ($8,946).

In Auglaize County, grants totaling more than $12,950 have gone to Cridersville Police Department ($1,983), Minster Police Department ($5,558), New Bremen Police Department ($674), Wapakoneta Police Department ($3,567) and Waynesfield Police Department ($1,175).

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received $4,201 in grant funding during the life of the program. The Forest Police Department in Hardin County had been awarded $4,800 in grant monies, while the Rockford and Fort Recovery police departments in Mercer County have been the recipients of $2,126 and $2,531 in grant funds, respectively.

“Law enforcement happens at the local level,” Yost said. “Seeing that these grants are being used in every corner of our state helps me rest easier at night knowing that our peace officers are better equipped to return home safely to their loved ones at the conclusion of each shift.”

Funding remains available for law enforcement agencies interested in providing body armor to their staffs, the attorney general said.

By Staff Reports

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