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Bulletproof Vest Program

The Office of Grants and Research has funding available through the Bulletproof Vest Program (BVP) to reimburse municipal police departments for up to 50% of the cost of bulletproof vests. To be eligible for this state-funded program, a department must have already received reimbursement through the federal government under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Patrick Leahy Federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership, which provides reimbursement of up to 50% of the cost of bulletproof vests. BVP provides reimbursement for the remaining cost of eligible purchases. 

It is recommended that requests be submitted by June 30, 2024. Requests are reviewed as they are received, and funds will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) promotes public safety and security in Massachusetts communities through the management of grants funds and research programs focused on crime prevention and intervention, traffic safety, law enforcement and homeland security initiatives. OGR manages more than $150 million in state and federal grants that are distributed to state, municipal, education and nonprofit agencies across the Commonwealth.To learn more about our programs and the impact of our work, visit our website at


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