Sheriff’s SWAT team may be getting new ballistic plates and carriers following Greenbrier County Commission meeting

By Autumn Shelton, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team may be getting much needed ballistic plates and carriers (bulletproof vests) following the approval of a grant award resolution by the Greenbrier County Commission. 

On Tuesday, June 25, the Greenbrier County Commission approved a resolution for the 2024 Homeland Security Grant Program in the amount of $7,420. This grant funding will be used for the purchase of seven new ballistic plate and carrier units. 

As explained to members of the commission, ballistic plates and carriers currently being used by the SWAT team are out-of-date, some dating back to 2004, creating a significant risk to officers. The new plates that are being considered for purchase have a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level IV rating – the highest level of threat protection available – meant to “stand up to pretty high powered armor penetrating rounds.” 

According to Commission President Tammy Tincher, grant funding will be coming from the state. 

In other commission business: 

  • Commissioners opened bids for the purchase and installation of a generator, funded through a FEMA grant, for White Sulphur Springs EMS. The first bid was from Greenbrier Communications Inc. for the amount of $74,500. The second bid was from Back Up Power, LLC for $86,400. The bid award will be announced at a later date.
  • Commissioners approved Resolution #4 for the Greenbrier County PSD #2 waterline extension project from Sam Black to Asbury. According to Tincher, the resolution is for a $425,000 payment to the Thrasher Group, for engineering and other fees, and a $1,964.93 payment to the Region 4 Planning and Development Council for administrative costs. $42,696.49 was held as retainage. “This project has been sent to the Public Service Commission for final review,” Tincher said. The current plan is to have all construction bids final by the end of 2024, and for construction to begin in 2025. 
  • Commissioners approved a grant agreement and resolution for the Community Corrections Grant for Batterer Intervention and Prevention Training (BIPP). The $2,985 grant, through Justice and Community Services, was applied for by the Greenbrier County Day Report Program. “This resolution is simply affirming that grant award for the day report,” Tincher noted. 
  • Commissioners approved two grant applications for the 2024-2025 Victim of Crime Advocate Grant (VOCA) for the Greenbrier County Prosecutor’s Office and the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office. “This is funding that comes from the federal government that comes down to the state to be distributed to counties that apply for them,” Tincher said, adding that the funding is for victims of significant crimes. Grant applications are due July 10. 
  • Lastly, commissioners considered grant award allocations for the 2024-2025 Greenbrier County Arts & Recreation grant program. Tincher explained that a total of 32 applications had been received, requesting a total of $558,700.89. Of those grant requests, a total of $488,282 will be considered for approval. Grant recipients will be notified of their awards at a later date.
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