Office of Homeland Security
Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Awards $27,119 in LEPP Grants
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2009) – The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has awarded $27,119 in Law Enforcement Protection Program grants for body armor, weapons and tasers, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today.
Under the LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.
The grants were awarded to:
- $7,144 to Bullitt County Fiscal Court for taser acquisition program
- $1,600 to City of Meadow Vale for tasers and patrol rifles
- $9,985 to City of Lebanon Junction for tasers, body armor and patrol rifles
- $7,382 to City of Clinton for weapons and tasers
- $1,008 to City of Eddyville for body armor
In conjunction with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), KOHS derives income from sales of confiscated weapons. KSP conducts periodic auctions – only to federally licensed firearms dealers – which generate dollars for the LEPP initiative. The KOHS then assesses needs, and after prioritization, provides whatever funds are available in the acquisition of body armor, weapons, ammunition and electronic or muscular disruption technical devices often referred to as “tasers.”
“Statewide appeals for financial support always exceed resources,” Thomas L. Preston, KOHS executive director, explained, “but we make every effort to respond with a priority focus on law enforcement safety.”
LEPP support goes to police agencies of cities, counties, charter counties, unified counties, urban-counties and consolidated local governments, sheriff’s departments and public university police departments.