Hillsville Police Department receives 13 ballistic vests

May 25, 2014

Sheriff Michael J. Brown recently presented Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen with 13 ballistic vests that the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office provided to the Hillsville Police Department.

These vests were made possible through the sheriff’s office “Protect the Protector’s” grant program. The Hillsville Police Department was chosen along with a few other jurisdictions to receive the vests.

“I cannot express my gratitude enough to Sheriff Michael Brown, and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office enough for providing these vests to our department,” Bolen said. “Sheriff’s Brown’s dedication to protecting all law enforcement officers speaks volumes to his character and commitment to public safety. These vests will no doubt provide piece of mind to our officers, but to their families as well.”

If the HPD had to purchase these vests, price would be anywhere from $800-$1000 per vest. The vests are made by TopLine Armor Systems, Fairfield, Ohio, so they are all American made. The Ballistic material is produced by DuPont, located in Virginia, also made in America.

The Protect the Protector program was developed by the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, located in Bedford. A non-profit organization founded by Sheriff Mike Brown, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Please visit:

Protect the Protector is funded by dedicated Moose members throughout the state (and beyond) and by a grant from the Office of Attorney General, Virginia. Safe Surfin’ creates and distributes Internet safety information to schools, civic organizations, libraries, etc. Safe Surifn’ has also spearheaded other pro-active programs such as Internet Safety “Train the Trainer” programs, EZ Child/Senior ID, Cop In A Box, and Protect the Protector.