A new law, enacted by the Legislature and signed into law recently by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, requires that all county sheriff's departments in West Virginia provide their deputies with bullet resistant vests. We supported the measure, simply because it is likely to save the lives of some deputies.
But we didn't need it here in the Northern Panhandle. The sheriff's departments in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel counties already provide the vests.
Good. Great, in fact. Law enforcement officers at every level risk their lives to safeguard the public - and deserve every bit of protective equipment we can provide in return.