A $5,000 donation from Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) to the Dawson County Sheriff Office will be used to pay for the purchase of bullet-proof vests for the sheriff and deputies.
    Sheriff Matt Hogg told the Dawson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday afternoon that back around Thanksgiving he had received a letter from Oxy, which requested a proposal for a need of the sheriff’s office.
    The sheriff said he and Chief Deputy Josh Peterson decided to submit the office’s needs for modern bullet-proof vests for each deputy.
    In the meantime, he said, the Commissioners Court approved the purchase of seven bullet-proof vests at a total cost of $4,874 at a county meeting in early December. The purchase was to include five vests for males and two for females.
    The sheriff said at that meeting in December that it will be mandatory for all the deputies to wear the vests outside of the office.
    He said the new vests are made up of panels and outer carriers and are worn on the outside of a uniform-type shirt. While working at a desk in the office, he said, the deputies will be able to remove the new style of vests and put them back on without having to remove their shirts.
    “If you see them out somewhere and they do not have them on, please let me know,” Sheriff Hogg told the Commissioners Court in December.
    Sheriff Hogg told the Commissioners Court on Tuesday that since last month’s meeting he has received a $5,000 check from Oxy. He requested that the donation be used for the purchase of the bullet-proof vests, instead of using county funds as previously approved by the Commissioners Court.


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