Vest Program

Operation “Protect Our Protectors” program is designed to donate ballistic vests to Law Enforcement agencies within the State of Georgia, specifically to those agencies that cannot afford to purchase the  vests.  Officer Safety is a very important issue and the bulletproof vest has been proven to save lives and reduce injuries.  Since we have started the program we have donated over 973 vests to 167 agencies throughout Georgia.  In order for an agency to be considered for the program, the Chief or head of the agency needs to send a  letter on their letterhead to the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police requesting to be considered.  There is a limit of 10 vests per agency.  Any agency that would like to be included in the program should contact us at Georgia State FOP Lodge, PO Box 88, Powder Springs, Ga. 30127.  Office # 770-485-7180


   

February 26, 2021 – The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police was honored to deliver six ballistic vests to the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office. Along with the vests, Sheriff Randy Rigdon and each deputy was provided a tourniquet for first-aid use. The GBI stands behind the work done annually by the FOP at large and is specifically proud of two GBI supervisors, SAC Jamy Steinberg and ASAC Mike Callahan, who are consistent leaders in all of FOP’s outreach through the Georgia State Lodge.


January 26, 2021 – The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3), donated eight (8) ballistic vests to the Georgia Department Driver Services (DDS), Office of Investigative Services (OIS).  These vests, provided through the Georgia FOP’s “Protect the Protectors Program,” were presented to DDS Commissioner Spencer Moore and DDS Director of Investigations Jared Smith by DDS Deputy Commissioner Ricky Rich, who is also a Past President of the Georgia State FOP.


Alto Police Department receive their new ballistic vest from our Operation Protect Our Protectors Program on November 23, 2020 in the picture above.  Pictured is:  Police Officer Mike Tanksley, Alto City Mayor Audrey Turner, Alto Police Chief Joshua Ivey, Lodge 112, Secretary Ron Baumes, Lodge 112, President/State Trustee Michael Palmer and Lodge 112, V.P. Matthew Nall.  Article by Now Habersham News on the presentation.


The Georgia FOP was honored to present Soperton PD Chief Jason McCoy with 4 ballistic vests for his agency on June 15, 2018.  Pictured with Chief McCoy are Savannah FOP Lodge 7 members Mike Nichols and Jack Willis.


May 2018 ballistic vests were delivered by State Trustee Chair Craig Fulghum to the Hart Co. Sheriff’s Office through our “Operation Protect Our Protectors” ballistic vest program.


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January 2017 ballistic vests were delivered to the Ashburn Police Department.  These vests, provided through the Georgia FOP’s “Operation Protect Our Protectors” ballistic vest program, were presented to Chief Cliff Jordan, by Craig Rotter and Michael Callahan of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police.


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August 2016 Special Agent Joe Hilton with GBI Lodge 103 presents vest to Senior Patrolman Eric Sowards with Lakeland PD


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On November 18, 2015 State E-Board member Judy Canup (center) delivering ballistic vests to Lovejoy PD. The vests were provided under the FOP’s Protect the Protectors program.


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The week of July 20, 2015 four ballistic vests were delivered to the Hiawassee Police Department.  Accepting the vests on behalf of the Hiawassee Police Department is Chief Jimmy Wright.


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On Tuesday March 24, 2015 Charles Shafer, of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) presented four (4) ballistic vests to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  Accepting the vests on behalf of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is Sheriff Derrell Neal.


 

Visit our  Vest Program Archives to review previous presentations.