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VA Attorney General Helps Present Police Vests in Bedford Co.

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Bedford Co., VA - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was in Bedford County Thursday to help present law enforcement officers with ballistic vests.

Herring, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, and Deputy Secretary Tonya Vincent attended a ‘Protect the Protectors' news conference at the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

Nineteen agencies received vests paid for from a settlement between the Attorney General's Office and Abbott Labs. The money was secured while Ken Cuccinelli was still Attorney General, but Herring plans to pick up where his predecessor left off.

"They're out on the front lines, keeping our communities safe.  I know that the job that they do is in many ways more challenging than it's ever been, especially in tight budget times," said Herring. "When we have opportunities for these kinds of funds to come available, it's really important that we get them out to help those who are serving to keep our communities safe."

The grant money will provide nearly 500 vests to Virginia officers. The program got 800 requests. The sheriff hopes to work with the new Attorney General to find other asset forfeiture grants to pay for the additional 300 vests.

Herring, Moran, and Vincent also toured the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force headquarters. Settlement money paid for new computers at that facility.

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