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ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in one South Carolina county are getting stronger armor.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported York County Council has approved $40,000 for stronger chest protection for officers.

Sheriff Kevin Tolson says his officers need the stronger armor because more people have “readily accessible” high-powered weapons.

The money will provide about 100 sets of high-density body armor.

Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris did not have figures on how many high-powered rifles deputies have encountered. But he cited a case in October that ended in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, as well as the shooting of four officers in January. A detective died after that shooting.

The new body armor adds weight and won’t be worn at all times. Officers will wear their current protection, putting on extra armor as needed.


Information from: The Herald,