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Bullitt County community donates to Sheriff's safety fund for new equipment

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Bullitt County Sheriff is concerned the department doesn't have enough money for bullet-proof vests. Now, the community is stepping up to help law enforcement.

Bullitt County Sheriff Dave Greenwell says his deputies have outdated bulletproof vests, or no vests at all, because there is not enough money to buy them.

"Right now, it's past it's expiration date," Deputy Trevor Ford said. "It's five years old, going on six."

It's a little small, but Ford says it's better than not having one. Ford has been on the Sheriff's Department for the past four years and has spent hundreds of dollars buying his own gun, baton and other items.

"The lack of equipment, the lack of necessity things ... for instance a flashlight in my car, I use a personal one," Ford said. "The items on my duty belt I have purchased myself, and now the vest I'm going to be wearing is going to be purchased by my friends and family."

In his cruiser, Ford sits on a towel to cover the torn up seat and points to his borrowed radar equipment.

"I've had people ask me, your department doesn't issue you all these things? No, they can't afford to," he said. "They don't have the money to and that responsibility falls on our county officials."

WDRB could not reach County Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts for comment.

The County's Chief Financial Officer says revenue has been flat for the past three years and the overall budget was cut by 10 percent.

But concerned for Ford's safety, his sister-in-law Stephanie Ford and other family members started a Go-fund-me page for "Trevor's Bulletproof Vest." Within four hours, people donated $1,000 to pay for it. All the extra donations will go to the Sheriff's Department for the vest fund.

"It makes me feel very happy and very humbled to know that our family and his friends were just a small part in helping him get a new vest," Trevor Ford said.

The Sheriff has also set up a donation account at Stock Yards Bank in Shepherdsville with hopes of getting a matching grant to pay for half of the vests.

Stock Yards Bank
ATTN: Sheriff's Donation Account
183 Adam Shepherd Parkway
Shepherdsville KY 40165

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