State funds 375 bulletproof vests for police in Erie County

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s attorney general is giving police agencies in 23 counties across the state nearly $580,000 to help buy new or replacement bulletproof vests.

The first awards in the program, using funds from criminal and civil forfeitures, include $157,000 for 375 vests in Erie County, more than $90,000 for 234 in Monroe County and $160,000 for 272 vests in Albany County.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, “Given today’s budget we can’t afford to do this alone and it’s programs like this that help keep our officers safe.”

In June, Schneiderman pledged $3.5 million from forfeitures to help outfit police statewide to fill the funding gap in a federal grant program.

A spokesman for the attorney general says the office is set to approve about $2.8 million in matching funding to 147 agencies statewide to buy more than 7,800 vests.

The Bulletproof Partnership Grant Act was passed in 1998.

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