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ALBERT LEA, MN — Law enforcement agencies all over the country could be benefitting from some new legislation.
U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) is co-sponsoring legislation that provides state and local governments in Minnesota and around the country additional funding to purchase body armor for law enforcement.
It would re-authorize the bulletproof vest partnership grant program, which helps local law enforcement agencies purchase body armor for officers.
“When you consider a vest costs anywhere from 1,000 to 1,300 bucks a piece, every 5 years,” Chief Dwaine Winkels of the Albert Lea Police Department Said. “Last year, we replaced eight vests in this department. So, it was over 10,000 dollars we ended up getting through the vest partnership program we participated in.”
The program provided more than 430,000 dollars to Minnesota during the last fiscal year.