LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office was asking Monday for 160 new bullet proof vests for current and future employees.
At the county commission meeting on Tuesday, commissioners were expected to discuss the sheriff's office's request that the county pay half of the roughly $160,000 to buy the vests.
The sheriff's office had, as of Monday, already applied for a grant from the Transportation and Safety Administration for the other half.
Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lt. Stryde Jones said the vests employees were currently wearing as of Monday were getting old and worn out. "Vests do have a life expectancy on 'em of five years. So, every five years we have to look at replacing the stock of vests that we have," Lt. Jones explained.
Lt. Jones said they hoped to get the vests by the end of 2015.