Any time a police officer is on duty, they put their lives on the line. Although they stay protected with bullet proof vest, some in the Richmond County Sheriff's Office are looking to the community for help when it comes to better protection. WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop has more.
The effort was started by fallen officer, Deputy Alton Creech. Because Creech worked with the motor unit, he had quietly taken it upon himself to try and raise funds for better bullet proof vests. Currently, each officer in the unit wears a vest, but there are ones out there that could provide even better protection than what they already have. The new vests would be lighter in weight and would better protect against higher caliber guns.
"There's a big difference between stopping a vehicle for a traffic violation on a motorcycle and a car," said Corporal Mike Lewis of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's motor unit. "With a car you have a lot more cover because you have an entire car that you can hide behind if you need to. With us, with a motorcycle, all we have is a motorcycle as far as cover and protection. We're a smaller unit, we're a little bit closer because of our size and we weren't, all of us weren't aware that he was working on this for us. So it was a surprise, it wasn't a shock because he always looked out for other people and we're just happy and hopefully it will happen."
Each new vest can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000. There are 9 officers within the motor unit.
How to donate:
RCSO Benevolent Fund
400 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30901
*Include a note that you are making a donation on behalf of Deputy Creech
1336 Augusta West Parkway
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