Alpharetta is applying for a $17,158 federal grant to cover half the cost of acquiring 31 sets of bulletproof vests for police. AJC FILE

Alpharetta to seek grant to buy bulletproof vests for police

The Alpharetta City Council has given staff the go-ahead to apply for a federal grant that will help pay for 83 sets of protective body armor for police.

The city’s Department of Public Safety will seek the $17,158 grant out of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program of the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a staff report to the council. The city will be required to match that amount with an equal amount of its own funds, for a total of $34,317.

That amount would be sufficient to buy 31 vests, staff said.

Public Safety estimates it will need to acquire 83 new vests through the end of 2022, based on the expiration dates of the current vests – which came with five-year warranties – and on forecasts for new hiring. With new ballistic armor costing $1,107 per set, the total cost of 83 vests would be about $91,881.

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