A grant of over $8,700 will help the Putnam County Sheriff’s office replace some of their bullet-proof vests for deputies.  The Department of Justice is supplying half the cost for about 6 to 7 sets of body armor over the next two years.   PutnamCounty would also have to pay 50% toward the purchase.  It’s estimated over 3,000 law officers across the U.S. have survived potentially fatal or disabling injuries because they wore the bullet-proof vests.                                      The Putnam County Sheriff’s office also received more than $30,500 from the Ohio Justice Services Department, to help pay for salary and benefits for one additional road deputy.    The department is currently at its lowest manpower in over 30 years; while complaints investigated by the Putnam County Sheriff’s office have increased by 11% in the past three years.  Those were factors in gaining the grant award.