Police departments in Tompkins, neighboring counties get money for bulletproof vests

Police departments in Tompkins, neighboring counties get money for bulletproof vests

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Police departments in New York state have received another $60,000 for bulletproof vests from the state attorney general’s office as they face a reduction in federal funds for the equipment.

The money will help departments in Binghamton, Watkins Glen and 12 other law enforcement agencies in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier purchase about 175 of the vests.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the funding on Thursday. An additional $2.6 million in funding for vests has already been announced.

The money comes from civil and criminal forfeitures and is intended to make up for a reduction in federal funding for vests.

Authorities say 71 officers in New York have been fatally shot in the line of duty since 1984.

Here is a list of agencies receiving funding:

Cortland Police ($4,000 to buy 10 vests)

Cortland County Sheriff’s Department ($4,000 to buy 8 vests)

Dryden Police Department ($1,000 to buy 3 vests)

Village of Watkins Glen Police Department ($4,847.94 to buy 12 vests)

Waverly Police Department ($2,000 to buy 5 vests)

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