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Questions for Eligibility and Participation

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Below are the list of questions that relate to Eligibility and Participation. If you don't find a question that relates to your inquiry, you can click your browser's back button to Return to the List of Topics and view a section that might better fit your inquiry.

If you are a recognized unit of general government as defined by the BVP statute and recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau and you employ law enforcement officers as defined by this Act. The jurisdiction's chief executive is required to complete the online registration and to provide general oversight and approval of key transactions between the Bulletproof Vest Program and the participating law enforcement agencies.

Simple Answer:
Yes

More Detailed Answer:
This program does not make a distinction between new hires and trained or certified law enforcement officers, as long as the officers in question meet the Act's definition when the BVP funded vests are purchased. The only relevant restriction applies to positions that are authorized or funded but unfilled; jurisdictions are not permitted to include anticipated vest needs for authorized but unfilled positions in their application.

Simple Answer:
Yes, if you are a local governmental agency.

More Detailed Answer:
If your agency employs eligible law enforcement personnel. The agency director/designee acts as the program liaison with agency personnel and the jurisdiction's chief executive. Only the chief executive (or designee) can formally submit a completed application.

Simple Answer:
Yes

More Detailed Answer:
If you meet the definition as provided for in the Act and its interpretation. However, you must work through your employing agency; you will not be able to register as an individual.

Simple Answer:
No

More Detailed Answer:
Your agency must still be part of the jusrisdiction application, but you will be able to register and complete your portion of the application without delay. The Jurisdiction's application cannot be processed until the chief executive registers and submits the completed application electronically to BJA.

Vests provided through this program must be tested and found to comply with the applicable NIJ standard. Vests modified for K-9 units have not been tested by NIJ and are therefore not eligible for matching funds.

Simple Answer:
You must coordinate among all state agencies.

More Detailed Answer:
Each participating state agency registers and completes their portion of the state's application through their own Law Enforcement Agency Handbook. All agency applications automatically 'roll-up' into one master state application, which is approved and electronically transmitted by the state's contact person to the Bulletproof Vest Program.

Simple Answer:
No. Multiple jurisdictions are not permitted to combine their vest needs into one application

More Detailed Answer:
This program regards each jurisdiction as unique and discrete. Your county application will only include county-level agencies; the state-level application will only include state agencies; a town application will only include town-level agencies. Multiple jurisdictions are not permitted to combine their vest needs into one application.

Simple Answer:
A Law Enforcement Officer is any officer, agent, or employee of any unit of government.

More Detailed Answer:
According to the Act, the term 'Law Enforcement Officer' means any officer, agent, or employee of a State, unit of local government, or an Indian tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders. This includes full, part-time and auxiliary personnel, whether paid or volunteer.

Below is a list of general job categories determined to be eligible for this program. Personnel not on this list may be eligible and should contact the Vest Help Desk for more information.

Police Officers
Sheriff Deputies
Adult and Juvenile Jail
Detention Center and Correctional Institution Officers
Judicial Officers
Prosecutorial Officers
Transit Authority Police
Fire Marshals
Arson Investigators
State Patrol Officer
Troopers
Transit Police
State
County and City College and University Police
Park, Conservation Police
Harbor/Port Authority Police
Traffic and Code Enforcement Officers
Liquor Control/Authority Investigators
Juvenile Probation Officers
Adult Parole and Probation Officers
Police Chaplains

The following categories are generally considered outside the scope of the Act and are ineligible.

Federal Employees
Vests for K-9 dogs
Private College and University Police Officers
Emergency Medical Personnel
Fire and Rescue Personnel
Private Correctional Officers or private police officers under contract with a Local, State, or Tribal government to provide related services.*

* If officers, agents or employees engaged in private police or correctional work are being paid by an eligible jurisdiction and rely on that jurisdiction to provide for their personal equipment needs, they may be eligible for funds. However, the police/correctional officers or their corporate employers may not apply directly.

If you have officers in your jurisdiction not listed, please contact the Vest Help Desk for a determination regarding their eligibility (1-877-75VESTS).

Simple Answer:
Jurisdictions include towns, cities, villages, boroughs, parishes, counties, states, and Indian tribes.

More Detailed Answer:
The program is administered through units of general government identified in the BVP statute and recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau. Jurisdictions include towns, cities, villages, boroughs, parishes, counties, states, and Indian tribes. The Chief Executive Officer is the highest ranking elected or appointed official of the jurisdiction (e.g. city mayor, city, town or village manager, state governor, county executive, chairman of the governing board, chairman of the county commissioners, Tribal chief or Tribal Governor). In some localities, the highest ranking law enforcement officer may also be considered the jurisdiction's CEO (e.g. the State of Louisiana).

According to the Act, jurisdictions are considered the most basic level of government recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau. This includes towns, cities, villages, boroughs, parishes, counties, states, and Indian tribes. If recognized by the US Census, special districts may also be eligible (airport authority, school district, etc.)

According to the Act, the term "Law Enforcement Officer" means any officer, agent, or employee of a State, unit of local government, or an Indian tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders. This includes full, part-time and auxiliary personnel, whether paid or volunteer. A State, unit of local government, or recognized tribal government with officers which meet this definition are eligible to participate.