Local sheriffs are praising lawmakers for passing a bill to supply deputies with bullet proof vests.
The bill requires sheriff's departments to provide every deputy a ballistic resistant vest after July 1.
Upshur County Sheriff Dave Coffman said each of his 12 deputies will get a new vest.
Sheriff Coffman said most of the vests now have passed their extended life periods of five years.
"I'm going to have to go to each man view their vest, get their expiration date and then get the numbers, sit down and work with the county commission and see what we can do to make sure our men are safe out there," Coffman said.
Each county commission in the state will have to pay for its deputies' vests from its general county fund.
The bill has gone to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for his signature.