The Starke County Sheriff’s Office will be able to equip seven officers with bullet resistant vests thanks to a grant from Kankakee Valley REMC.
The agency received $3,500 in Operation Round Up funds. Participating members agree to round up their electric bills by a few cents each month, for an average of about $6 annually. That money is disbursed to agencies and organizations throughout the REMC service area.
“Updating the vests for the officers allows them to feel safe while putting their lives on the line for their community,” Kankakee Valley REMC Spokeswoman Amanda Steeb said in a statement.