Vermont Jurisdictions Receiving Bulletproof Vest Grants JurisdictionGrant AmountNumber of VestsBarre City$3,549.0012Barre Town$ 227.383Bennington County$ 3,275.0010Bennington Town$ 5,600.0014Brandon Town$ 299.501Brattleboro Town$ 898.503Burlington City$ 3,294.5011Dover Town$ 2,125.007Essex Junction Village$ 1,250.004Hartford Town$ 1,198.004Middlebury Town$ 1,740.004Milton Town$ 2,097.006Montpelier City$ 1,500.005Norwich Town$ 1,500.005Orange County$ 7,815.0020Richmond Town$ 898.503Rutland City$ 4,389.0014Shelburne Town$ 4,492.5015Springfield Town$ 830.493St. Albans City$ 898.503Stowe Town$ 1,230.003Vergennes City$ 3,235.509Vermont (State)$ 5,123.98135Vernon Town$ 2,341.507Williston Town$ 559.002Windsor Town$ 1,488.006Winhall Town$ 4,300.0014Total for Vermont$ 66,200.85323WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12) ‘ US Senator Patrick Leahy US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Wednesday that 27 towns and counties across Vermont have been awarded grants from the US Department of Justice to help purchase bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers. The grants are provided through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, which Leahy authored in 1998. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has helped to provide nearly one million bulletproof vests to law enforcement officers across the country, including more than 3,000 vests for Vermont officers. The new grants announced by will help offices in Vermont buy more than 320 new vests. ‘Bulletproof vests are saving lives of law enforcement officers across the country,’ said Leahy. ‘They protect those who are on the streets every day helping to keep our communities safe, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has proven its life-saving value.’ The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program provides matching federal grants to state and local authorities for the purchase of bulletproof vests. Leahy worked to include in the grant program an all-state minimum formula to ensure that all qualifying state and local jurisdictions would receive at least .5 percent of the total amount of federal funds appropriated in a given year. Over the years Leahy has worked to modify the program for the benefit of grants recipients in other ways as well. He fought to include a matching requirement to ensure that in certain smaller jurisdictions, including certain jurisdictions in Vermont, the federal grant will always amount to 50 percent of the purchase cost. Leahy also worked to include a provision in the program to allow financially struggling jurisdictions to apply for a hardship waiver of the 50 percent match requirement. Leahy has worked to reauthorize the bulletproof vests grant program since its enactment, most recently in 2008. The program is currently authorized through 2012.
Press Association Johnstone will discuss his future with Van Gaal in the coming weeks and then make a call on whether to go to Preston, but he says any move would have to be temporary. “If I go back out I would like it to be a loan,” Johnstone said. “I have to see what happens here first. The manager here gives kids opportunities. I have been at this club since I was 10 years old so you have to look at it, speak to the right people and see what the club want from me. “If they tell me it is time to move on then it is time to move on, but I will keep working hard here and impressing the manager.” Johnstone will probably have to wait until the futures of David de Gea and Victor Valdes are resolved before he hears from Van Gaal about his plans for him. Grayson is not panicking about the situation. “We will be patient.. I think Sam is certainly worth waiting for,” the Preston boss said recently. Those comments have gone down well with Johnstone. Johnstone enjoyed a successful loan spell at his hometown club last year, helping them get promoted to the Sky Bet Championship via the play-offs. North End manager Simon Grayson has made it clear he wants to bring Johnstone back to Deepdale, but the 22-year-old has played the first two games of United’s pre-season tour and may consider staying to fight for a place in the first-team squad. Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will hold talks with manager Louis van Gaal before deciding whether to re-join Preston on loan. “I saw what Simon Grayson said. It was good,” Johnstone said. “I enjoyed my time there. The manager, the lads, the fans and the goalkeeping coach were all great. “I never expected to be going to Preston permanently at the end of the season. There was talk about it. That is between the two clubs to decide.”