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Body armor to be purchased with $11,000 grant

Posted on February 9, 2009 - Filed Under Body Armor |

The Frankfort Police Department has received an $11,000 grant to purchase body armor for patrol officers.
The body armor, comprised of Kevlar ballistic panels and a fabric sleeve for the bullet-stopping material, costs from $400 to $600 dollars per vest.
Experts say body armor has a shelf life of about five years because sweat and heat break it down, said Frankfort Police Chief Mark Wilhoite Wednesday.
Each Frankfort patrol officer is issued the armor and though the grant won’t replace each officer’s vest, it will go a long way to revamping their last line of defense.
“Budgets are tight everywhere,” Wilhoite said. “We’re always looking for sources to fund equipment purchases for equipment we need to do the job and keep our officers safe.”
“We strongly encourage our officers to wear it; we provide it to each officer,” Wilhoite said.
“From our standpoint, it’s basically a necessity for the line officer in these times of budgetary constraints,” Maj. Fred Deaton said.
“It will go a long way and be extremely helpful.”
Gov. Steve Beshear announced the funds Monday through the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.
Officials say the grant is funded by the sale to federally licensed dealers of firearms confiscated by police in the line of duty.
Additionally, Beshear announced Thursday the department awarded $19,390 to Kentucky State University Police for body armor, handguns and Tasers.
Under the state’s Law Enforcement Protection Program, administered by KHOS, appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties, KOHS officials said in a statement.


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