Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced that more than 300 local law enforcement agencies are now participating in the Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program. The program is funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and awards grants totaling up to $40,000 to each agency.
Wood County Sheriff’s Office will receive $14,827 to spend on body armor vests for officers. And Pemberville Police Department will receive $2,660.
The 320 local agencies vary in size and are concentrated primarily in the metro areas surrounding Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Youngstown. Although a vast majority of the grants have gone to police departments, agencies such as the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District in New Philadelphia, the Lorain County Metropolitan Park District Rangers and the Stark County Park District in Massillon have also received funding.
A total of $2.7 million was awarded to the entities for body armor.