GLENMONT, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned an area police department is patrolling with officers who are usually not wearing a bulletproof vest because the village cannot afford the vests.
It’s going on in the Holmes County town of Glenmont, and it’s taking on greater importance since an officer was murdered just miles away last month in Danville.
“It’s been a concern for me for a very long period of time,” said Glenmont Police Chief Craig Proper. He added, “The fact I have officers out on a regular basis without a vest is quite concerning.”
Proper has an old vest manufactured in 1999 that he bought second-hand.
In Cleveland, the police union says officers get a new vest every five years. Bulletproof vests don’t have specific expiration dates. But the older they get, the less effective they can become.
Glenmont has one patrol car. Officers get paid $9 an hour. And the chief says officers often use their own money to help with supplies or equipment. A new vest can cost several hundred dollars.
And while an officer in the next town recently got shot to death, a Glenmont officer has also had a gun pointed at him.
The chief says, “The fact that we’re small doesn’t mean that nothing happens. We’re a microcosm of the rest of the country."
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