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Press Release – ARKANSAS GAME & FISH (Media Relations Manager Keith Stephens)
Ballistic vests to receive second life with Arkansas enforcement officers
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a minute order today granting 167 ballistic vests from AGFC inventory to Vest for Life, an organization that distributes functional body armor to law enforcement agencies that do not have the budget to purchase them.
The vests had reached the five-year limit on the manufacturer’s warranty and, according to AGFC policy, were due to be replaced. They will be inspected, cleaned and earmarked to be reissued to Arkansas law enforcement agencies.
“The vests still have a good usable life beyond their warranties and there are many agencies who have no budget available to procure good body armor for their officers,” said Col. Greg Rae, chief of enforcement for the AGFC. “Many of these agencies work side-by-side with our officers. The benefits of granting these surplus vests and possibly saving lives far outweigh any market salvage value they may otherwise have.”