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Norwood Police Department is in need of protective vests

The vest that's set to expire in August (FOX19 NOW Photo/Frankie Jupiter) The vest that's set to expire in August (FOX19 NOW Photo/Frankie Jupiter)
Norwood Police address city council on bullet proof vests that are set to expire. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Frankie Jupiter) Norwood Police address city council on bullet proof vests that are set to expire. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Frankie Jupiter)
NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) -

The Norwood Police Department is asking city council for funds needed to purchase protective vests.

Seventeen police officers’ vests are set to expire by factory standards in August.

Norwood Police Chief William Kramer says he’s not going to put his officers’ safety at risk.

“One way or the other these officers, again they are not going to be on the street if they do not have a vest that is expired,” said Kramer.

Chief Kramer also listed citations, police vehicles and ammunition as supplies that are needed for the department.

Norwood City Council says it does not have the funds at the present time.

If funds are not provided for the vest, officers with updated vests may have to pull double duty.

Kramer went before city council this evening to ask for the $15,000 needed to purchase 17 protective vests. He also lists citations, police vehicle and ammunition as supplies that are need for the department as well.

"These request aren't luxury items. They are basics that we need to do our jobs period."

The chief says each year he has to submit to the Department of Justice a certification on the department's expenses. He says there is an ordinance that says the city would buy vests, and since it has not done so, he's not been able to certify it to the DOJ.

"I've wrestling with this for a month, looking at ways to potentially move something around. I just haven't found a solid solution. I know that's not a good answer,” said council member Joe Sanker.

West Chester resident and former Norwood Police Officer Dave Bohlinger told council he would pay for the vest. Bohlinger is the uncle of Chief Kramer.

"I don't want the cops going out the vests they need them I understand Norwood has problems, money problems they can't write the check. I'm fortunate and able to at this time."

Council says it has to discuss that proposal at its finance meeting which scheduled for next week.

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