Sheriff's office set to get new body armor

By Justin Boron

The county commission approved a $62,445 Tuesday for the purchase of 138 new pieces of body armor which will replace existing safety equipment the Sheriff's office said will go out of date by February.

The armor's expiration is tied primarily to the end of a five-year warranty that provides liability coverage if the protective vest fails.

"The armor we're getting now is to stay within the liability coverage," Deputy Chief Shelby Foley said.

Foley added that the current vests had suffered from general wear and tear as well.

Law Enforcement Supply was selected after it submitted the lowest bid of $452.40 per unit.

GT Distributors submitted a lower bid of $427.38 but could not accommodate individual fittings the Sheriff's Office required.