(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Attorney General Dave Yost and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud announced today the expansion of a program that helps protect the lives of Ohio’s law enforcement officers.
As part of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget, Governor DeWine is directing $3.5 million in new funding to the program. The governor launched the body armor program while serving as Ohio’s attorney general, and Attorney General Yost began administering the program after taking office earlier this year.
“Ohio’s law enforcement officers face danger every day, which is why it is so important that we do all we can to support them,” said Governor DeWine. “Hundreds of law enforcement agencies have already taken advantage of this opportunity to outfit their officers with new safety gear, and I’m proud to increase our investment in this life-saving program so that we can help protect even more of our officers as they serve our communities.”
“Our local cops continue to protect us from danger day in and day out; now this support for them will continue as well,” said Attorney General Yost. “I’m proud to see that these grants are helping to protect officers in every corner of our state. It’s a meaningful way to show our profound thanks for all they do.”