Office of Homeland Security
Law Enforcement Protection Program Grants for 18 Police Agencies

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 14, 2009  
Contact Information:  Michael Embry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 14, 2009) – More than $88,000 in Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) grants have been awarded to 18 local governments and universities to purchase body armor, weapons, ammunition and tasers for peace officers, 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.


LEPP grants were awarded to:

·        Breckinridge County Fiscal Court -- $8,573 (body armor and tasers)

·        City of Brownsville -- $4,200 (body armor and tasers)

·        City of Burnside -- $3,872 (weapons and ammunition)

·        City of Harrodsburg -- $7,155 (weapons)

·        City of Indian Hills -- $4,059 (weapons)

·        Mercer County Fiscal Court -- $2,865  (weapons)

·        Boyle County Fiscal Court -- $6,048 (body armor)

·        City of Central City -- $8,339 (body armor and tasers)

·        Edmonson County Fiscal Court -- $1,262 (weapons and ammunition)

·        City of Hardinsburg -- $2,258 (weapons and ammunition)

·        City of Manchester -- $1,766 (tasers)

·        Marion County Fiscal Court -- $8,124 (weapons and ammunition)

·        City of Morehead -- $4,229 (tasers)

·        Northern Kentucky University -- $2,016 (body armor)

·        City of Paris -- $650 (K-9 body armor)

·        Powell County Fiscal Court -- $10,853 (tasers)

·        City of Prestonsburg -- $4,536 (body armor)

·        Western Kentucky University -- $7,422 (weapons and ammunition)


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, said, “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.