Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Pence Announces Lexington Division of Police Has Received 200 Body Armor Vests

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 11, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611
 


            FRANKFORT, Ky:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence announced today that Lexington Division of Police has received 200 body armor vests to better protect law enforcement officers. The vests are distributed through a $77,600 grant from the Kentucky Body Armor Program.

             “Our public safety officers risk their own lives every day in order to protect the lives of others.  We must do our part to ensure these officers have the necessary gear to do their jobs,” said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence.  “The body armor received through this program will provide another layer of protection for Lexington officers.”

             The Kentucky Body Armor Program, established in 1998, allows law enforcement agencies to acquire body armor for their sworn officers.  Funding for the program is derived from the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies.  The Kentucky State Police receives these weapons and transfers them to the state’s Division of Surplus Property, which in turn sells them at public auction to federally licensed firearms dealers.  The program is a collaborative effort by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky State Police, and the Division of Surplus Equipment.

             Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty emphasized the need for more protection for his police force.  “Our officers depend upon bullet resistant body armor to provide an added level of protection from both armed assailants and trauma during a vehicle collision.  Body armor has helped to protect the lives of officers in the Lexington Division of Police from both types of injury,” said Chief Beatty.

             “These bulletproof vests are essential for the officers out on the streets,” added Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “We are investing in our officers’ safety and in their future.”

             Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through GOLD and are accepted on a continual basis.  Projects are selected for funding three or four times a year based on need and the availability of funds.  Since its establishment in 1998, the program has approved 2,616 officer vests and 12 service animal vests for a total amount of $1,017,098.

             For information about the Kentucky Body Armor Program, please visit http://gold.ky.gov/grants/kbap.htm.

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Photo Cut Line (L-R): Officer Jeff Jones, Officer Shari Ramey, Officer Aaron Kidd, Officer Susan Kettenring, Lt. Governor Steve Pence, Representative Stan Lee, Officer Tommy Puckett, Senator Tom Buford, Representative Bill Farmer, and Lexington Division of Police Chief Anthany Beatty.