CONWAY ACCEPTS FEDERAL MONEY FOR VESTS

by Christian Mower on September 19, 2012

THE CONWAY POLICE DEPT. HAS GOTTEN TOWN APPROVAL TO ACCEPT MORE FEDERAL MONEY TO DEFRAY THE COST OF BULLET PROOF VESTS.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS SGT. GEORGE WALKER GAVE CONWAY SELECTMEN INFORMATION TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING ABOUT NEARLY $1,500 PROVIDED FOR THE VESTS BY THE U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE.

PERLEY SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING FOR SEVERAL YEARS WITH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO GET MONEY TO SUBSIDIZE THE COST OF VESTS – EACH COSTS ABOUT $800 – THAT ARE PROVIDED TO CONWAY OFFICERS.

THE VEST REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM PROVIDES HALF THE MONEY NEEDED – PERLEY SAYS THE MONEY APPROVED TUESDAY WILL BE APPLIED TO THE COST OF FOUR NEW VESTS RECENTLY ORDERED.

PERLEY SAYS THE LIFE CYCLE FOR A NEW VEST IS ABOUT FIVE YEARS – AND THAT EACH ONE IS MADE OUT OF KEVLAR AND OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIALS.

PERLEY SAYS EACH VEST IS CUSTOM TAILORED TO FIT SO THE OFFICER IS COMFORTABLE WEARING THE VEST AND MOTIVATED TO DO IT.