CLEBURNE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A sheriff announced his officers, on two feet and four, will be safer thanks to newly issued and donated body armor.
On Monday, Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown stated his office has begun issuing rifle-rated body armor to deputies. The armor is able to withstand "multiple hits from rifle-caliber rounds while protecting the user from sustaining major injuries."
Brown stated his deputies have "soft armor" but it's only rated for handgun rounds.
Each deputy on patrol or with a plainclothes assignment will get the new body armor.
In another news release on Monday, Brown also stated that K9 Officer Xinie received donated body armor.
The bullet and stab protective vest became available thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. A non-profit organization.
Xinie's vest, according to the sheriff, is sponsored by an anonymous sponsor and will have "Honoring those who served and sacrificed" embroidered on it.
The vest will be delivered in about 8 to 10 weeks.