Today the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received equipment to assist for officer and civilian safety. After the Uvalde school shooting the Sheriffs Office reviewed equipment necessary for a rapid response by individual deputies within our own agency.
After reviewing options, researching different shields and talking with other local law enforcement officials, it was determined that the sheriffs office purchase the same shields that the police department purchased.
Today we started deploying rapid response shields to every patrol car in the field. The Alpha Shields are designed by Hardcore Defense. The total cost for the shields was $3950.00 and has been paid for using budgeted funds already in the Sheriffs Office budget.
“The Deputies have been trained and know that my expectation in these situations is a rapid deployment to engage any threat in our schools, workplaces or public locations. My job as Sheriff is to ensure they get the training and the best equipment to do the job we all expect.”says Sheriff Anderson. “These shields are one more tool for them to be successful and help protect our community.”