Office of Homeland Security
Lt. Governor Steve Pence presents $100,000 Homeland Security Check to Johnson County to Support the Region’s HazMat Team

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller
502 564-2081

FRANKFORT, Ky.: Lt. Governor Steve Pence today presented a $100,000 homeland security check to Johnson County to fund equipment for the region’s Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Team.  

Pence, who was joined at the Johnson County Courthouse in Paintsville by Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Alecia Webb-Edgington, also presented the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department with a check for $4,530 for 10 body armor vests ($388 each), plus one canine vest ($650). The Paintsville Police Department also received a check for $4,656 to purchase 12 vests. 

“Kentucky’s regional HazMat teams are essential components in our commonwealth’s overall preparedness efforts,” said Lt. Gov. Pence. “These teams routinely respond to a variety of incidents that may threaten the public’s safety. That is why ensuring they have the equipment to do their job effectively, right here in eastern Kentucky, will remain a priority of this administration.”  

The homeland security check presented today to Johnson County Judge/Executive R.T. “Tucker” Daniel will provide the region’s HazMat team with search and rescue equipment. This equipment, which will include search cameras to lifting devices, will aid the team in critical life-saving missions.  

Lt. Gov. Pence continued, “Law enforcement professionals throughout Kentucky understand the critical need to ensure their personnel have the body armor and protective equipment they need. Each day, these courageous officials risk their lives to keep our communities safe and that is why I am proud to present this equipment to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Paintsville Police Department.” 

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 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, more than $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.