Tactical grants can change the way police departments operate. Intended to serve a specific need or purpose, grants can often mean the difference between officers operating with insufficient gear or high-performing gear.
If your department is the lucky recipient of a grant, what can you do to be sure you’re maximizing those funds?
Start with the Essentials
If your grant was general in nature (i.e. not a grant specifically for tactical vests), you may have some leeway when it comes to its application. Although it can be tempting to try and stretch the grant to cover as many needs as possible, it’s more important to invest in key pieces of essential gear that will carry your department for many years to come. Some of the most common tactical essentials purchased through grant monies tend to be protection vests, medical kits, and ammunition carriers. If there is money left over after you’ve improved upon the department standard, look at applying it towards accessories that may be in-demand. Always be sure to triple-check your grant specifications to ensure there aren’t any limitations to what kind of equipment you can buy.
Invest in High-Quality Equipment
Good tactical gear is an investment and like any kind of professional gear, you get what you pay for. Skimping on quality now in order to stretch a grant award will only come back to bite your department later. Buying cheap gear almost always means you’ll have to replace it sooner than was necessary. Most tactical gear is more than the sum of its parts, but the parts matter. Choose gear made from premium materials and always choose USA-made gear when possible. It’s better to get a few pieces of durable, long-lasting equipment than a warehouse full of under-performing gear.
Work With a Tactical Gear Partner
Perhaps the best way to maximize your grant funds is to carefully select a tactical gear partner to work with. Great partners have years of experience dealing with police grant recipients and they’re more than just suppliers. They should work with you to determine exactly what you need and also help you figure out a bulk pricing strategy that will help your budget go further. Having a good tactical gear partner can take a lot of the confusion and apprehension out of the purchasing process when you’re dealing with a grant award.
Vel Tye: Your Tactical Gear Partner
At Vel Tye, we’ve built our reputation working with some of the best police departments in the country. As a producer of NIJ-certified protection vests, we’ve helped hundreds of police teams apply grant funds to the equipment they need most. Our gear performs when it counts, and it’s always built to last.
Do you need help maximizing your police grant funds? Vel Tye is happy to help. We’re not just a gear-maker, we’re a gear partner. From sizing to bulk discounts to supplies, we have many options at our disposal to help work around any grant limitations you have.