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Township Wins Bullet-Proof Vest Grant

SANATOGA PA – A $1,848 grant awarded during September (2015) by the federal Office of Justice Programs’ Bullet-proof Vest Partnership will help Lower Pottsgrove cover up to half the cost of vests needed as new or replacement gear for four of its police department officers, Chief Michael Foltz recently told the Board of Commissioners.

Foltz reported vests are priced at between $900 and $1,000 each. The department earned a similar grant in 2014 totaling $1,604, so the 2015 award represents a slight improvement in financing.

Since 1999, according to the Justice Department, the program has presented more than 13,000 jurisdictions with a total of $393 million in federal funds for the purchase of more one million vests.

Other local municipal law enforcement agencies receiving grants this year, the department noted, are:

  • Amity Township, $1,059, 2 vests;
  • East Vincent, $1,363, 2 vests;
  • Limerick, $5,555, 12 vests;
  • Phoenixville, $5,202, 12 vests;
  • Pottstown, $5,810, 14 vests;
  • Royersford, $1,890, 5 vests;
  • Upper Perkiomen, $1,407, 4 vests; and
  • West Vincent, $2,014, 3 vests.

The Board of Commissioners is next scheduled to meet Thursday (Oct. 22, 2015) beginning at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 5 meeting):

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