Gov. Ivey awards grant for corrections protective equipment

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $5,000 to ensure the protection of state correctional officers.

Funds awarded by Gov. Ivey to the Alabama Department of Corrections will provide body armor for correctional officers.

“Much is required of our correctional officers who interact daily with prison inmates in order to keep Alabama’s prisons secure,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am pleased to award these funds to ensure that these officers are properly equipped to more safely perform their duties.”

Funds will be used to purchase new and more efficient body vests for correctional officers as needed in each of the state prisons. The vests can withstand penetration from ballistics and sharp objects, helping to prevent injury.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Gov. Ivey values the work of Alabama state corrections officers and the all-important tasks they are called on to do,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to have a role in this program that helps correctional officers perform their duties.”

Gov. Ivey notified Corrections Commissioner John Hamm that the grant had been approved.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.


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