Lithonia's new police chief, Eddie Moody, said during Monday's city council meeting that the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police has given a verbal commitment to provide ten bullet-proof vests for the city's police force at no cost.
In addition, Moody said he reached out to DeKalb county, which has agreed to let Lithonia officers participate in its in-service training -- including the firing range and in-class training, etc. -- also at no cost. Moody is a former chief of police for DeKalb County.
The free help for the small police force -- five sworn officers and 18 reserve officers -- comes as the city goes through the process of discussing a tight budget. There is a special called meeting Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to amend the fiscal 2012 budget and to talk about the 2013 budget.
Moody told Patch some Lithonia officers had previously purchased bullet-proof vests at their own expense. Bullet-proof vests need to be periodically replaced, he said.
Monday's council meeting was held at the Bruce Street Recreation Center, where Moody was officially introduced to the community and spoke of his commitment to the police department: "They don't work for me. I work for them."
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