New vests add protection for town’s officers

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

Officer Foster Miles displays the new fitted ballistic vests presented by Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, chairman and co-founder of Safe Surfin’ and Moose International’s “Protecting the Protectors.”

Officer Foster Miles displays the new fitted ballistic vests presented by Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, chairman and co-founder of Safe Surfin’ and Moose International’s “Protecting the Protectors.”

The Town of Louisa Police Department is one of six law enforcement agencies recently presented with new fitted ballistic vests from Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, chairman and co-founder of Safe Surfin’ and Moose International’s “Protecting the Protectors” reception.

Police Chief Jessie L. Shupe accepted five ballistic vests on behalf of his department during a presentation held at the Virginia Capital Building in Richmond on December 5, 2013.

“These law enforcement officers, whether they be deputies or police officers, are protecting us,” Brown said in a press release, “and they should have every piece of equipment they can possibly have to protect them.”

The vests the officers use on a daily basis can cost a department from $600 to $3,000 each and, according to manufacturers’, should be replaced every five years due to wear and tear.

“Every police officer should be equipped with the highest level of protection.” Shupe said. “[It’s] the least we can do for the men and women in this community who are putting their lives on the line every day.”

Shupe explained that officers sometimes have to work during the most undesirable times of year and the last thing he wants is for an officer to be unprotected.

The vests issued to the department are a Level IIIA concealable armor with an enhanced carrier providing state-of-the art protection which, according to Shupe, is the fourth highest level of protection out of six. The vests also include a special threat trauma plate that reduces the trauma and risk of internal damage. Shupe said the vests will offer a higher level of protection than what his officer’s previously had.

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 9 edition of The Central Virginian.

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