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Darlington County deputies now outfitted with updated bullet proof vests

(WPDE)

The Darlington County Sheriff's Office now has bullet proof vests for every deputy on the force, according to Lt. Robby Kilgo.

The 48 vests cost around $32,000.

Kilgo said the vest are updated and up to standard.

The old vests were more than 25 years old.

Kilgo said Sheriff Tony Chavis made it a priority to equip each deputy with an updated vest.

"We hope that we never have to have a situation where this saves a deputy's life. But we want him to have it in case he needs it. That's why it's very important for us to stay on top of this from an accountability standpoint," said Kilgo.

Kilgo added the Sheriff's Office is in pretty good shape in terms of body armor and cars.

County Council agreed last year to budget $922,000 for deputies to buy 24 new patrol cars and bulletproof vests.

The Sheriff's Office said they've they desperately needed new cars because some of their vehicles had more than 200,000 miles on them.

Kilgo said they're working to secure more grants to buy more vests and other protective gear for deputies.

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