The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department has used a grant from Indiana Homeland Security to purchase new protective gear.

After receiving a $45,000 State Homeland Security Grant, the department purchased ballistic helmets and bulletproof vests for all road deputies.

“Hopefully, we will never have to use them, but actions across the country prompted us to provide stronger bullet-resistant gear to respond if/when needed,” administrative Capt. Brandon Slate said.

“Not only is it my job to protect the public, I am dedicated to enhance the safety of our deputies by providing the best equipment and training possible,” Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers said. “I want every deputy to return safely home after each and every shift.”

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.