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 Can we just replace the trauma plates for vests we already own?

Simple Answer:
  • Using BVP funds to purchase trauma plates for existing vests is not permitted.

    More Detailed Answer:
  • This practice may provide additional protection for your officers but would divert scarce federal resources that would otherwise be used to purchase new or replacement vests for officers and is therefore not permitted. The program does permit the use of federal funds to offset up to 50% of the Total Vest Cost, that includes the cost of the vest, vest carriers, attachments, inserts, trauma plates, and covers considered integral or essential for its proper care, use, and wearability, shipping, handling, fitting charges, and applicable taxes. However, this total cost assumes that the vest is being purchased, along with the attachments and inserts.

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  • What are trauma plates?

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