2018-03-07 / News

Fraternal Order of Police donates ballistic vests to WPD

From Staff Reports


From left, Waynesboro Police Chief Augustus Palmer III accepts delivery of the new bullet-proof vests from Craig Fulghum of the Fraternal Order of Police along side Maj. Tommy L. Henderson and Maj. Cedric B. Duncan. From left, Waynesboro Police Chief Augustus Palmer III accepts delivery of the new bullet-proof vests from Craig Fulghum of the Fraternal Order of Police along side Maj. Tommy L. Henderson and Maj. Cedric B. Duncan. The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has donated five ballistic vests to the Waynesboro Police Department.

The vests, provided through the Georgia FOP’s “Operation Protect Our Protectors” ballistic vest program, were presented to Chief Augustus Palmer III by Craig Fulghum, chairman of the ballistic vest committee for Georgia FOP.

“‘Operation Protect Our Protectors’ is designed to donate ballistic vests to law enforcement agencies across Georgia, specifically to those agencies that can’t afford to purchase the vests,” said Fulghum.

“Officer safety is a very important issue to all of us in law enforcement, and the ballistic vest has been proven to save lives and reduce injuries,” he added. “Every officer should wear a ballistic vest every day. The FOP is working to ensure that more officers within our state have this extra level of security.”

The Georgia FOP represents 4,000 law enforcement members across the state and is part of the nation’s largest law enforcement organization, with more than 318,000 members nationwide. Fulghum said the FOP is “committed to achieving better working conditions and benefits for its members and to providing quality service to the public. The Georgia FOP works to improve communities across the state in a number of ways, including the donation of ballistic vests to underfunded law enforcement agencies, support for Easter Seals and the ‘Cops and Kids’ program, in which officers take children shopping during the holidays.”

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