In 2020, PERMA implemented a grant program to entice police members to switch to bulletproof vest outer carriers after research and a PERMA pilot program showed that moving equipment traditionally carried on a duty belt to an outer carrier with holders/pockets reduces lower back injuries and claims.  A whitepaper detailing the pilot project can be found here.

This grant provides financial assistance to members who are interested in transitioning to the outer carriers, with a 50% reimbursement of the cost of new body armor and outer carriers. This year, PERMA assisted 11 agencies with purchasing 31 bulletproof vests and 67 outer carriers; totaling nearly $19,000 of new equipment.

Congratulations to our 2021 Awardees!

  • Village of Canisteo Police Department
  • Village of Chester Police Department
  • Town of Cicero Police Department
  • Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department
  • Town of Fishkill Police Department
  • Town of Mamaroneck Police Department
  • City of Norwich Police Department
  • Port Washington Police District
  • City of Rye Police Department
  • Village of Scotia Police Department
  • Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department

Since the program’s inception, PERMA has subsidized the purchase of 77 bulletproof vests and 193 outer carriers across 15 agencies providing more than $46,000 funds to those members.

For information or questions regarding this grant program, please contact Public Safety Risk Management Specialist, Pete Frisoni via or (518) 220-0383.