350 ballistic vests donated to Sarasota sheriff

Sarasota, Florida -- The active shooter cases across the country have forced law enforcement agencies to review their safety equipment.

In response, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has received 350 rifle-grade ballistic vests.

The vests are heavy weighing 16 pounds and are worn over a deputy’s bulletproof vest and uniform in an active shooter emergency.

“As you can hear (tap, tap) that is steel plate and it’s rated by the National institute of Justice to stop high-caliber weapons and rifle rounds unlike the soft armor,” says Colonel Kurt Hoffman with the sheriff’s office.

Hoffman says the vests are priceless and potentially life-saving. “For peace of mind of the men and women who protect us I think this is a much needed product,” says Hoffman.

The vests are one-size-fits-all.

Karen Rushing, Sarasota County’s clerk of the circuit court donated $135,000 from her budget to buy the vests.




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