On Thursday, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar announced the acquisition of 27 pieces of body armor that were purchased through a federal grant.
Cuellar said that the total cost of the vests was about $23,000.
“They are top quality and have a life expectancy of five years. They have the lightest, thinnest and most advanced ballistic technology on the market right now. They offer NIJ standard Level IIIA protection and protect our officers against pistol rounds up to .357 SIG and .44 Magnum,” Cuellar said in a statement.
The sheriff said the ballistic vests will be issued to the patrol division for them to be better equipped and prepared as they go out on their daily duties.
“I want to thank the deputies out there doing their jobs and always being in the forefront, especially now with COVID-19,” Cuellar said. “It changes the whole dynamic as a public servant.
“I want to thank Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina and the Commissioners Court for always supporting the Sheriff’s Office and our mission of protecting our residents.”