Jasper Police Sgt. David Mize said the Jasper Police Department handed out new bulletproof vest Friday that were purchased with a matching grant the department received from the United States Department of Justice and the City of Jasper.
“We applied for a grant about this time last year and received around $14,000, which the city matched half of,” Mize said. “The grant allowed us to replace some equipment that was already out-of-date or getting to close being out-of-date.”
Mize said the department ordered 19 vests from a company, PT Armor, which develops and produces ballistic resistant vest (soft body armor) for numerous local law enforcement agencies as well as government agencies and military special forces units.
“The vest we ordered are Level Three-A vest and we hope to apply for the same grant again this year,” Mize said. “With the city council’s approval, of course, so we can order enough to outfit everyone in the department who needs one with type of vest.”
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey said the city takes great pride in ensuring the safety of its law enforcement officers and will take whatever steps necessary to provide them with the best equipment possible.
“We’ve got seven of the finest and safest vehicles in our fleet on the road now that you will find anywhere, and the vest that were issued Friday are just a part of an ongoing program,” Posey said. “These folks put their lives on the line for us everyday, seven days a week, and sometimes we fail to give proper recognition to that fact. But that’s what I want us to do, whether by word or deed, and I think by purchasing these high quality vest is just another step toward something that we should be expected to do anyway.”
Posey said he was very proud that the city was able to outfit the men and women of the Jasper Police Department with the best equipment available.
“Providing our police department with the safest equipment possible is an obligation I feel the city needs to make sure it stays up-to-date on,” Posey said. “We need to make sure we have in-date vest for everybody in the department who needs one.”
Posey commended Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe not only for doing a wonderful job as chief, but also the role she played in securing the funds for the new vest.
“She is always on the lookout for funding for the police department whether its five, ten or fifteen thousand, whatever the case may be, she’ll go after it,” Posey said. “And I can’t say enough about the wonderful job she has done and is doing as the police chief.”