Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor’s Office for Local Development presents check to the City of Simpsonville

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today a $776.00 Body Armor grant for the city of Simpsonville.  Deputy Commissioner Cordell Lawrence of the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) was on hand to present the check.

            Body armor funds will be given to the Simpsonville Police Department to purchase two body armor units.

            “Police protection is important to Governor Fletcher and this administration,” said GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams.  “With these grant funds, the Simpsonville Police Department will be able to better equip themselves when working to protect the citizens.”

            Deputy Commissioner Cordell Lawrence presented the check to Mayor Steve Eden and Simpsonville Police Chief Scott Chappell on Tuesday, June 21 at the Simpsonville 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.