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 What Does the Term "Law Enforcement Officer" Mean?

Simple Answer:
  • A Law Enforcement Officer is any officer, agent, or employee of any unit of government.

    More Detailed Answer:
  • According to the Act, the term 'Law Enforcement Officer' means any officer, agent, or employee of a State, unit of local government, or an Indian tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders. This includes full, part-time and auxiliary personnel, whether paid or volunteer.

    Below is a list of general job categories determined to be eligible for this program. Personnel not on this list may be eligible and should contact the Vest Help Desk for more information.

    Police Officers
    Sheriff Deputies
    Adult and Juvenile Jail
    Detention Center and Correctional Institution Officers
    Judicial Officers
    Prosecutorial Officers
    Transit Authority Police
    Fire Marshals
    Arson Investigators
    State Patrol Officer
    Transit Police
    County and City College and University Police
    Park, Conservation Police
    Harbor/Port Authority Police
    Traffic and Code Enforcement Officers
    Liquor Control/Authority Investigators
    Juvenile Probation Officers
    Adult Parole and Probation Officers
    Police Chaplains

    The following categories are generally considered outside the scope of the Act and are ineligible.

    Federal Employees
    Vests for K-9 dogs
    Private College and University Police Officers
    Emergency Medical Personnel
    Fire and Rescue Personnel
    Private Correctional Officers or private police officers under contract with a Local, State, or Tribal government to provide related services.*

    * If officers, agents or employees engaged in private police or correctional work are being paid by an eligible jurisdiction and rely on that jurisdiction to provide for their personal equipment needs, they may be eligible for funds. However, the police/correctional officers or their corporate employers may not apply directly.

    If you have officers in your jurisdiction not listed, please contact the Vest Help Desk for a determination regarding their eligibility (1-877-75VESTS).

  •  Other Related Questions

  • Can I participate as a Law Enforcement Officer?

  • Can we include officers in the academy in our application?

       For immediate assistance, please call us toll-free at 1-877-758-3787. You may also reach us by email at vests@usdoj.gov