Office of Justice Programs Government Programs > Program Descriptions and Links
State-base provides information about states that offer special programs and funding opportunities for vest purchases.
National Government Purchasing Programs
The 1122 Program
The State and Local Law Enforcement Equipment Procurement Program is a program which allows State and local governments to purchase new law enforcement equipment through Federal procurement channels, provided that the equipment is used in the performance of counter-drug activities. The program affords State and local governments the opportunity to maximize their use of taxpayer dollars, by taking advantage of the purchasing power of the Federal Government to receive discounts commensurate with large volume purchases.
The Law Enforcement Support Program:
The Department of Defense manages the Law Enforcement Support Program commonly referred to as the 1033 (or LESO) Program which allows the transfer of excess DoD property to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and its territories. All items are excess which were turned in by military units or part of reserve stocks that are no longer needed. To learn more about the program or how to enroll, visit their webpage at: https://www.dla.mil/DispositionServices/Offers/Reutilization/LawEnforcement.aspx
Tribal Resources Grant Programs
As a tribal government, you may be able to qualify for ballistic vests under the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP). If you are able to qualify under TRGP, the maximum Federal share of your total project costs, including armor vests, is 75%. With documented demonstration of fiscal hardship, you may apply for a waiver of the local 25% match requirement. Both partial and full waivers of the 25% local match are possible. In addition, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership prohibition against the use of other Federal funds for a jurisdiction's matching funds does not apply to recognized tribal governments. We encourage you to participate in either or both programs, depending on your needs and how you can most benefit.
Contact: COPS Website
For immediate assistance, please call us toll-free at 1-877-758-3787.
You may also reach us by email at email@example.com