Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor’s Office for Local Development Present Check to the City of Lancaster

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 23, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

         Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today a $1,164 Body Armor grant for the

 Lancaster Police Department.  Deputy Representative Jamie Ennis of the Local Initiatives

for a New Kentucky (LINK) Bluegrass region was on hand to present the check.

            Body armor funds will supply the Lancaster Police Department with three vests.

            “Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to help keep our communities safe,” said GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams.  “This administration is committed to giving our police officers the equipment to protect themselves.”

            Jamie Ennis presented the check to Lancaster on Thursday, June 23 at the Lancaster Police Department.          

            Jamie Ennis works throughout the Bluegrass region, which covers Franklin, Anderson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard, Jessamine, Woodford, Scott, Fayette, Madison, Harrison, Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Powell, Montgomery, Bath and Nicholas counties.  Citizens can voice their concerns and ask questions to their LINK representatives who then report to the governor.  Local Initiatives for a New Kentucky is a department within GOLD.

            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. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331.00 while the average cost of a canine vest is approximately $650.00.

                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 2,616 officer vests and 12 service animal vests.  This represents $1,017,098 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.