Governor's Office for Local Development
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence Brings Funding to Northern Kentucky Communities

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 29, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

              Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and the Governor’s Office for Local Development

(GOLD) announced today a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Walton and Body Armor funding for the Kenton County Sheriffs Department, the Campbell County Police Department, the Fort Mitchell Police Department and the Dayton Police Department. 

            "Senior citizens centers offer our aging population a place to come together for recreation, for important health screenings and for nutritious meals,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “Walton seniors will now have a proper facility for all these activities."

            Funds will be used to construct a senior citizens center.  Walton Senior Services currently uses a facility that is shared by other organizations and can only be used part time.  It is inadequate for health screenings, meal preparation and other programs.

            Lieutenant Governor Pence presented the funding to Mayor Phillip Trzop of Walton on Monday at the Walton Senior Citizens Center.

            Following the senior center presentation, Lieutenant Governor Pence visited the Boone County Sheriffs Department Public Safety Building.  The Office of Drug Control Policy presented funding to several agencies.  Afterwards, Lieutenant Governor Pence presented body armor funds to the following:

            Campbell County Police:                               $10,864

            Kenton County Sheriffs Department:           $8,275

            Fort Mitchell Police Department:                 $3,972

            Dayton Police Department:                           $2,328

            "Our law enforcement officials risk their lives each day to protect our homes and families,” noted Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “It is vitally important to this administration to ensure that they are properly equipped for their safety and to give peace of mind to their loved ones."

            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.

            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.