WTAM | Kyle Cornell
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Tuesday that more than 300 local law enforcement agencies 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 (BWC) and awards grants totaling up to $40,000 to each agency.
“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.”
A new interactive map on the attorney general’s website locates participating agencies and allows users to examine where the $2.7 million in grants are being used throughout the state. You can find that map by clicking here.
BWC and the attorney general’s office are finalizing an agreement to substantially expand the program. Funding remains available for law enforcement agencies interested in providing body armor to their staffs.