Law enforcement agencies serving smaller South Dakota cities and counties will benefit from a federal grant for buying bulletproof vests, Congressman Bill Janklow announced this week.
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded a grant of $71,642 to 42 South Dakota jurisdictions through the 2003 Bulletproof Vest Partnership program.
Legislation authorizing the grant funds required that smaller jurisdictions serving populations less than 100,000 receive priority, Janklow said.
"Protection of our law enforcement professionals is priority one, especially during times when our homeland is threatened," Janklow said in a news release. "I am very happy that we got this funding, which will help protect South Dakotans on the front lines."
Grant funds will be available next month, Janklow said.
West River jurisdictions receiving grant funds:
- Custer County, $2,178 for 10 vests.
- Fall River County, $1,027 for six vests.
- Harding County, $469 for one vest.
- City of Hot Springs, $2,296 for seven vests.
- City of Lead, $2,570 for seven vests.
- Mellette County, $581 for four vests.
- City of Mission, $758 for three vests.
- Pennington County, $2,646 for 13 vests.
- City of Rapid City, $8,143 for 40 vests.
- City of Spearfish, $1,896 for nine vests.
- City of Whitewood, $444 for two vests.