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How Bibb Co. deputies protect themselves in dangerous situations

From a routine traffic stop to an active scene, Macon-Bibb County Sheriff deputies say it is important to use the correct safety protocol/Barmel Lyons (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The recent violence in the community has brought a focus as to how police officers are protecting themselves while in the line of duty.

From a routine traffic stop to an active scene, Macon-Bibb County Sheriff deputies say it is important to use the correct safety protocol.

“The vests are needed because the vest protects our vital parts," Macon-Bibb County deputy Danielle Fenny said.

Davis Freeland, captain with the Bibb Sheriff Office training division, says vests can go over or under a deputies’ shirt. He adds that there are different vests for different situations, but the goal is always protection.

“Soft body armor is what we call it," Freeland says. "And they can wear it under their shirt and be protected. Now, not every body part is going to be covered. But we want to make sure those vital organs are covered and they are hopefully never to get shot. But if it happens, we do have that extra protection.”

Fenny says it goes beyond just body cameras and vest. The key is communication to cutting down on violence.

“Let us know what is going on when we are out there in the neighborhoods," she says. "If they would just let us know what some of the problems are -- and what we can do to help them in their neighborhoods -- it would help a lot to cut down on the violence.”

Wearing these layers for protection could be the difference between life or death.

“We want to help them, but we don’t want to get hurt our self -- hurt trying to help them," Freeland says.

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