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Sep 20, 2013 5:27 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colorado parole officers get ballistic vests

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Department of Corrections is buying ballistic vests for parole officers following the fatal shooting of the department's director.

A parole officer told KMGH-TV that that some of the vests issued by the agency had expired five years ago.

The department now says it will buy a ballistic vest for every community parole officer, team leader, supervisor and manager. The agency is also making it mandatory for the vests to be worn during pre-parole investigations and home visits.

The station says the issue arose after corrections director Tom Clements was shot and killed at his home on March 19. Investigators say their only suspect is Evan Ebel, a Colorado parolee who was shot and killed in Texas while being investigated for Clements' murder.

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