In Perrysburg, police are occasionally summoned because there is a bat in a house or an elderly woman needs help turning off her car lights.
In his 17 years with the Perrysburg Police Department, Chief Daniel Paez does not recall a time when a city officer was shot at.
But the dangers of law enforcement are real, he pointed out.
That’s why the city requires all police officers on the road to wear bullet-proof vests, which can protect them from a thrown punch or airborn debris inside their patrol cars if they are in a crash.
“They are a protector of the officer,” said Chief Paez about the vests.
Earlier this week, Perrysburg City Council voted unanimously to seek a federal grant that would split the cost for replacing ballistic vests.
The U.S. Department of Justice grant would cover the $5,500 cost if the city replaced 14 vests for $11,000.
The chief said he is optimistic the city will win the grant, pointing to the fact that the city has won the two-year grant since 2002. The current grant is set to expire at the end of this year.
“We’re going to do everything in our power to make it,” he said.
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