Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor’s Office for Local Development Presents Check to City of Mount Olivet

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 24, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today a $388 Body Armor grant for the Mount

Olivet Police Department.  GOLD Legislative Representative Jay Hall was on hand to

present the

            Body armor funds will supply the Mount Olivet Police Department with one vest.

            “Law enforcement is valuable to a community,” said GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams.  “Keeping our officers safe is a priority for this administration.”

            Jay Hall presented the check to Mayor Phillip Insko and Mount Olivet Police Chief Darrell Schalck on Friday, June 24 at the Mount Olivet City Hall. 

            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.