Law Enforcement Adopted, Receive Vests
“Backing the Blue” is how many supporters are showing their pride in law enforcement. The Delta County Sheriff’s office extended their recent appreciation for the Lake Country Crime Stoppers for voting to adopt and purchase active shooter vests for them.
During the event 95 police officers in the area were adopted from departments including: Delta County, Sulphur Springs Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff’s department, Sulphur Springs ISD, Saltillo ISD, Como-Pickton ISD, Cumby Police, District Attorney, Game Warden, Texas Ranger, Cattle Ranger and K9.
Active shooter vests are tactical-looking vests with heavy plates to stop AR-15 and higher caliber rifles as compared to regular bullet proof vests with soft panels. They can be placed over the regular vests or replace them. In light of recent shooting events, these vests have in more demand for the protection of law enforcement.
“We hope to never have to need them, but we would rather be prepared than not,” said Lieutenant Ryan Brown with the Delta County Sheriff’s office. He also reported the Lake Country Crime Stoppers pledged to provide eight vests for the local law enforcement, which average about $375 per vest.
He credited Brandi Leber, wife of Sulphur Springs Police Department Lieutenant Pat Leber, with the success of the “Adopt a Cop” fundraiser. He said she managed to organize raising $35,625 for the vests in just 80 hours. Plus there are more “give back” events planned for the future. Many supporters are showing how they “Back the Blue” by displaying T-shirts, window decals and yard signs.
Additional events posted on the Delta County, Tx Sheriff's Office Facebook page including Chili’s in Sulphur Springs will, all day every Wednesday in July and August, donate 10 percent of its earnings to law enforcement. There will also be a blood drive on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. at Jay Hodge Chevrolet in Sulphur Springs. T-shirts, yard signs and decals will be for sale with proceeds benefiting local law enforcement agencies including the Delta County Sheriff’s Office. There will also be a booth in the downtown Sulphur Springs square from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on this same date which will also be selling the above listed items.
The Delta County Sheriff’s office has received many other appreciative actions from local citizens from donuts to meals.
“Recently many residents of our community have expressed their appreciation of our law enforcement services. In this time of national turmoil we are humbled and flattered with the support of our community!” was posted by the entire DCSO on Facebook.