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Governor Announces Body Armor Funding for Law Enforcement Officials 
Press Release Date:  July 14, 2004
Contact:  Colleen Blouin
Public Information Officer
1-800-346-5606
 

Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), formerly the Department for Local Government, Commissioner Darrell D. Brock, Jr. announced today the awarding of funds for 483 bulletproof vests and six canine vests to 39 police agencies that made applications through the Kentucky Body Armor Program. 

      

The Kentucky Body Armor Program, established in 1998, assists law enforcement agencies in acquiring body armor for their sworn officers. Funding for the program is derived from the sale of weapons 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 sells them at public auction to federally licensed firearms dealers. 

 

“It is critical that local law enforcement agencies in communities across the Commonwealth receive the support and resources they need to protect themselves as they work to make our neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties safe,” said Governor Fletcher.  

 

The allocation of monies enables 24 city police departments, 14 county sheriff departments and one regional agency to share $188,381 to purchase the vests at $388 each. “Safe communities are where tourists want to visit, safe communities are where businesses want to locate, safe communities are where families want to live,” said Commissioner Brock.  “This funding goes toward protecting the men and women who are on the front line, dedicating themselves to making safe communities for all Kentuckians.

 

Recipients may use these funds to purchase bulletproof vests for officers who do not have them or to replace units that are more than five years old. The units purchased must meet or exceed the standards for body armor issued by the National Institute of Justice.


            Funding for the Kentucky Body Armor program is provided by the sale of police-confiscated firearms to licensed firearm dealers. The program is a collaborative effort by GOLD, 
the agency that processes the applications for vests; the Kentucky State Police, the agency that catalogs the weapons; and the Division of Surplus Equipment, the agency that conducts the auctions.

 

The following list includes agencies that have been awarded funds and the number of vests these funds will purchase:

 

 

Agency

Officer Vests

Canine Vests

 

● Anchorage Police Department

10

 

 

● Berea Police Department

2

1

 

● Breathitt County Sheriff Department

2

 

 

● Burnside Police Department

2

 

 

● Campbell County Police Department

28

 

 

● Cave City Police Department

1

 

 

● Crittenden County Sheriff Department

5

 

 

● Cynthiana Police Department

10

1

 

● Dayton Police Department

6

 

 

● Eddyville Police Department

3

 

 

● Elkhorn City Police Department

4

 

 

● Franklin Police Department

6

 

 

● Grayson Police Department

9

1

 

● Guthrie Police Department

2

1

 

● Hardin County Sheriff Department

19

 

 

● Hopkins County Sheriff Department

19

 

 

● Horse Cave Police Department

6

 

 

● Inez Police Department

2

 

 

● Johnson County Sheriff Department

10

1

 

● Lancaster Police Department

3

 

 

● LaRue County Sheriff Department

4

 

 

● Lebanon Junction Police Department

1

 

 

● Lee County Sheriff Department

5

 

 

● Letcher County Sheriff Department

8

 

 

● Lexington Police Department

200

 

 

● Lynnview Police Department

4

 

 

● Marshall County Sheriff Department

10

 

 

● Martin County Sheriff Department

11

 

 

● Morgantown Police Department

6

 

 

● Mount Olivet Police Department

1

 

 

● Mount Sterling Police Department

4

 

 

● Operation UNITE

34

 

 

● Owsley County Sheriff Department

3

 

 

● Paintsville Police Department

12

 

 

● Rockcastle County Sheriff Department

12

1

 

 

 

● Russell County Sheriff Department

2

 

 

● Simpsonville Police Department

2

 

 

● Somerset Police Department

8

 

 

● Wolfe County Sheriff Department

6

 

 

            Applications remain on file until funds are available.  Projects are selected for funding three or four times each year based on need and the availability of funds. 

 

A selection committee appointed by the governor makes the final funding decisions and ensures that allocations are made in all geographic regions of the state. Funding decisions are based on available resources that counties and cities have in purchasing police equipment.

 

 

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Last updated: Friday, August 13, 2004