The Navarro County Commissioners Court approved participation in a grant program with the Department of Justice that will help outfit the county’s deputies with bulletproof vests.
The action was taken at Tuesday’s meeting of the court, held a day later than normal due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday.
Under the program, the Department of Justice will reimburse the county up to $11,960.42 to help pay for new and replacement bulletproof vests for the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner told commissioners he had applied for the grant and the department had been notified it met the qualifications for the program.
Tanner implemented mandatory use of bulletproof vests by deputies after taking office in January.
He told commissioners the vests range in cost from $850 to $2,500 each, depending on the configuration. The more expensive vests are those used by tactical officers that provide maximum front and back protection for use in tactical operations.
Tanner said the department has been changing out, or replacing, vests about every 10 years, although “the shelf life” is about five years, he added.
The vests purchased have to comply with Department of Justice requirements in order to be eligible for the program, Tanner said.
The program is a “50-50” reimbursement, the sheriff said, with the DOJ paying for half the costs of the purchases, up to the $11,960 amount.
Some of the vests already purchased this year could qualify for the program reimbursement.
Commissioners Meeting Briefs
Commissioners approved several items on the consent agenda, including minutes of previous meetings, payment of bills, several planning and zoning items, training certification, cell phone allowance for Pct. 1, and several budget adjustments.
With the rainfall received in the county the last two weeks, commissioners took no action on any burn ban for the county.
American Legion honors sheriff, county
Roger Layton, 1st vice commander of Post 22, presented the sheriff with a certificate of appreciation for their participation in the Sept. 7 memorial at the post in honor of Patriot’s Day.