Program raising money for bullet proof vests for deputies

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A charity that supports law enforcement is reaching out to help a rural sheriff’s office in Northeast Texas.

The group is trying to raise money for bullet proof vests for deputies in Red River County.   Lamar County Adopt-A-Cop Co-founder Amanda Willows said, “Sometimes the budgets just don’t cover all the safety equipment that they need.”  Willows is also a former officer.  She recently learned that deputies in neighboring Red River County were in need of bullet proof vests.  “If they’re not safe, they can’t get to you when you need them.  We decided we wanted to help since there was no longer an Adopt-A-Cop (program) here.” 

Red River County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Shawn Roden said, “(We’re a) very rural agency.  We only have twenty-two thousand population here in the county and our ad valorem tax base is pretty low, so unfortunately we have a lot of needs that are generated but not a lot of funds to sustain those needs.”

Roden is a supporter of the Adopt-A-Cop program.  He said most of the bullet proof vests for Red River County deputies are past their expiration date.  “They’re made out of material that deteriorates with heat and sun and sweat and things.  They’re a replenishable item we constantly have to be replacing,” he said. 
 
The program has already raised about a thousand dollars for vests with a bake sale that was held back in September.  But Willows said more money is needed.  “We need about eight thousand to get what they need.”  Roden added, “That vest is the first thing that they put on, the first thing they need when things get out of hand.”

Another fundraiser is currently in the works.  Meanwhile, Adopt-A-Cop volunteers are being sought to focus solely on Red River County.

If you’d like to make a donation for the bullet proof vests, an account is set up at Lamar National Bank in Paris, specify the donation is for the Red River County Sheriff’s Office.  For more information, or if you would like to volunteer with the Adopt-A-Cop program in Red River County, you can email lcadoptacop@gmail.com.   

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