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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be able to buy new bulletproof vests thanks to a new round of public safety funding from Governor Kay Ivey.

On Monday, Ivey announced another round of funding, totaling $250,000, to improve public safety and support law enforcement statewide. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice, and is administered through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

This round of funding included $24,000 for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to purchase bulletproof vests.

“In Alabama, we back our men and women in blue,” Ivey said. “I am proud to continue directing funds to these folks who are out there protecting our communities every single day.”

“Our law enforcement members put their lives on the line, and it is important we continue doing what we can to support them,” Ivey continued. “I know these funds will go a long way in bolstering our public safety efforts.”

In addition to the $24,000 award to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 11 other police jurisdictions were granted awards:

  • Autauga County Sheriff’s Office: $23,800 for laptop computers for patrol vehicles
  • Butler County Sheriff’s Office: $24,000 for laptop computers for patrol vehicles
  • Centre Police Department: $17,687 for electronic stun guns
  • Coosada Police Department: $23,183 for weapons, radar devices, and miscellaneous equipment
  • Fairhope Police Department: $24,000 for a new patrol vehicle
  • Geneva County Sheriff’s Office: $23,726 to upgrade equipment in patrol vehicles
  • Irondale Police Department: $23,899 for miscellaneous public safety equipment
  • Jemison Police Department: $16,210 for electronic stun guns, weapons, and alcohol-detection breath analyzers
  • Parrish Police Department: $23,945 for laptop computers for patrol vehicles
  • Prattville Police Department: $24,000 for portable radios
  • Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office: $24,000 for defibrillators

Last month, Ivey awarded $1.6 million to law enforcement agencies to “fight against illegal drugs and drug-related crimes.” The Governor’s Office said public safety is a major priority for the administration.