Thanks to the partnership, the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and another five suburban police departments are set to “receive a combined $91,000 in state money for bulletproof vests,” the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.
The money comes from civil and criminal asset forfeiture funds and will cover half the cost of the vests. The local departments were among the first wave of recipients of inVEST partnership grants, a program that Schneiderman recently launched; a total of $580,000 is being distributed statewide to help buy nearly 1,300 bulletproof vests.
The Sheriff’s Office will get $44,000 for 127 vests, the RPD will get $26,000 for 62 vests and Brighton Police Department will get $15,000 for 33 vests. The Fairport, Gates, Ogden and Webster police departments will get each funding for five vests or fewer.
“Rochester’s police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement. “These vests are another tool to protect them.”