When our law enforcement officers swear to protect us, we assume they have what they need to be protected too. But in Virginia, hundreds of agencies don't have enough ballistic vests.
Bedford County sheriff Mike Brown wants to solve that problem. His Safe Surfing Foundation, a non-profit, teamed up earlier this year with the Loyal Order of Moose International to buy ballistic vests for officers around the country.
Then the Attorney General's office got wind of the project, made them apply for a grant, and just last week gave the sheriff $600,000 for ballistic vests for agencies solely in the commonwealth.
Just on Monday, reps from the Nelson County Sheriff's Office got 22 vests for its deputies.
"As soon as I load these vests up and get back to my department, I will issue these things out," says Captain Ron Robertson.
In charge of the program is the sheriff's special assistant Robin Sundquist who shows me how each box has an interchangeable plate, and two versions of a vest, including a lightweight one for the summertime.
Also receiving vests Monday was the chief of police for Central Virginia Community College. He has four full-time officers. Now he has four vests.
"If a shooter or person with a gun comes on campus, there used to be a time we could sort of, 'hold back and wait for the cavalry,'" says chief Russell Dove. "Now it's expected if you're the lone officer, you have to pursue that person so for them to have that vest... is great."
Lynchburg Airport police also got vests today. In all, the sheriff's office and foundation have enough money to buy 500 vests for officers in Virginia. The sheriff says already, he has about that many requests from different agencies.