1/26/2013 6:11 PM
Fayetteville - New regulation at the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office requires almost every officer to wear body armor while on the job, which has been the case for years at the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.
Officers in Fayette County have worn bullet-proof vests under their uniforms on a daily basis for more than five years.
Officials said they receive funding for the gear through a federal grant program. That program has a mandatory vest-wear policy.
"A good vest will run anywhere from $800 to $1,200," said Cpt. Jim Sizemore. "That's a substantial outlay, but it's the best and cheapest life insurance you can find."
The vests are replaced once every five years or after they have been damaged by bullets.