Body armor is routine for Baldwin deputies

Body armor routine for Baldwin deputies

It's no secret bulletproof vests provide extra protection to law enforcement while on patrol and can save lives like the officer involved in the shooting in Jackson. 

Although it's not mandatory for all law enforcement to wear bulletproof vests, some in Central Georgia say they wouldn't have it any other way, including the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

Captain Michael Lumpkin with the Sheriff's Office says every deputy out on patrol must wear a bulletproof vest or they don't go out, and patrol Lieutenant Nick Goddard says it's too much of a risk to go without one.

"Anything can happen at anytime, so we try to be ready. The more protection we can get, the better off we are. Going to some of these calls without a vest, it would not make any sense," says Goddard.

If law enforcement departments choose to accept federal funding from the Department of Justice for the vests, it must be made mandatory for everyone on patrol to wear one.

Several departments told us that their body armor ranged from about $700 to about $1,000 per officer.


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