When sheriff's deputies need equipment, it's purchased through the sheriff's department budget.
That's the message Sheriff Loren Anderson gave Tuesday when asked about a phone solicitation campaign that has been reported in northeast Kansas.
A Douglas County woman told Anderson she received a call seeking donations to buy bulletproof vests for the county's sheriff's deputies. Similar calls recently have been reported to the Wyandotte and Johnson County sheriff's departments.
"There is no such program initiated by our office or any that I am familiar with," Anderson said. "We're not involved in any fund-raising effort for that purpose. ... We have provided bulletproof vests for our officers from our budget."
He said about 10 of the department's vests are replaced each year from money appropriated through the budget.
The sheriff recommended that anyone receiving such a call get as much information about the caller as possible, jot the information down and contact the sheriff's department.
He also suggests local residents turn a deaf ear to the solicitation.
"My advice is to tell them you're not interested and to hang up," he said.