Jim Wells County is saving local taxpayer dollars and protecting county employees on the job with the help of personal protective safety equipment and law enforcement equipment provided at no cost by the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool.

Law enforcement officers are routinely exposed to risks while on the job. The county received $2,378.71 from TAC RMP to purchase 16 tourniquets, 20 first aid kits and two fire extinguishers.

The program is one of many risk control services and programs that the county has access to.

“It's an excellent award that didn't cost the sheriff or the taxpayers any money,” Sheriff Daniel Bueno said. “This will be placed in units effective (Friday) and will be available in case of emergency.”