Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Approves Funding for Irvine Police Department

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $993 body armor grant for the city of Irvine.  Funds will be used to purchase three vests.

            "This program remains an important aspect of community safety," said Governor Fletcher. "By protecting our individuals in uniform, we are keeping our neighborhoods safer for Kentucky families."

            “Secure communities are important for all Kentucky residents,” said Senator Tom Jenson (R-London).  “The body armor program has helped numerous law enforcement agencies maintain a high degree of service and commitment to the citizens they are sworn to protect.”

            Representative Teddy Edmonds (D-Jackson) noted, "Today, three more Irvine officers will have the protection they need to perform their duty.  The safety of these officers, who put their lives in danger each day, is essential to preserving a high quality of life for the residents of Irvine.”

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 program is a collaborative effort by the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky State Police and the Division of Surplus Equipment. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331 while the average cost of a canine vest is approximately $650.

            Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through the Governor's Office for Local Development 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 3,171 officer vests and 17 service animal vests.  This represents $1,208,671 that has been sent to local law enforcement agencies.  Additionally over $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for new equipment.  The Kentucky Body Armor Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.