Seven Maryland police departments will receive grants to buy protective body armor according the governor’s office.
The Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced the grants totaling over $49,000 on Monday.
"The men and women in law enforcement across Maryland deserve all the support and protection the state can provide," said Tammy Brown, GOCCP Executive Director. "Bullet-proof vests have proven to save lives and protect our officers from fatal situations."
According the FBI, body armor can be a life-saver for police officers. According to the Bureau, the "risk of sustaining a fatal injury for officers who do not routinely wear body armor is 14 times greater than for officers who do." The funds from this grant may be used by local police to acquire new armor, or to replace existing equipment.
The Montgomery County Police Department is the largest grant recipient with an award of $14, 343, followed by the Cecil County Sherriff’s Office with $13,159. Other recipients include Allegany County, Carroll County, Prince George’s County, Wicomico County and Worcester County.