Committee: Probation officers need bullet proof vests

NORWICH – Chenango County probation officers searching homes for illegal drugs and weapons should be protected with bullet-proof vests, a group of lawmakers say.

Members of the Safety & Rules Committee meeting last week authorized Probation Director Laureen Clarke to partner with the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office in the purchase of four vests at a total cost of $2,008. The committee also gave Acting Sheriff Ernest Cutting the go-ahead to apply for a New York State grant that is available for purchasing the units.

The Sheriff’s Office regularly replaces deputies’ vests when the warranties expire. He said daily use and body sweat breaks down the fibers.

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