but the reality of outfitting a department in compliant body armor can be daunting to budget-strapped agencies.
Help is on the way! It’s Time to Prepare for your Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Application!
Under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice, BVP grants have proven to be a critical resource to local and state law enforcement by providing over 13,000 jurisdictions with $277 million for the purchase of an estimated 800,000 vests since 1999.
New Requirements for 2011 Applications
The estimated application date for 2011 funds is June. All jurisdictions applying for funding from BVP must have a written “mandatory-wear” policy in effect no later than the application date. While this policy can cover everything from hair length to earrings and tattoos, it MUST mandate that all uniform law enforcement officers within the jurisdiction wear bullet or stab resistant vests when engaged in patrol or field operations.
This policy change is a result of a dramatic 37% increase in officer deaths in 2010, which followed two years of declining line-of-duty deaths and reflects the Department of Justice’s renewed commitment to continually improving officer safety.
Galls is pleased to offer a wide selection of bullet and stab resistant body armor from all the top brands in the industry. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you evaluate your department needs and provide you with the cost estimates needed for your BVP application. And, don’t forget to check the expiration date of your current armor. Due to regulation changes, many models expire this year.
For more information about what Galls has to offer, visit galls.com or call 800-876-4242.
For more information about BVP grants and the Body Armor Safety Initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice, visit