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Bellevue, Park Hills Police Get Funds for Body Armor

Twelve law enforcement agencies across Kentucky were awarded a total of $60,202 in state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) grants, Governor Steve Beshear announced Friday.

Bellevue and Park Hills will each receive $4,400 for body armor.

Under LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain items essential in the course of their duties. 

“These body armor vests will help protect law enforcement personnel who, in turn, protect Kentucky citizens and guests and work to keep our Commonwealth safe,” Beshear said in a news release.

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 – that generate dollars for the LEPP initiative.

KOHS then assesses needs and, after prioritization, provides available funds for the acquisition of body armor, weapons, ammunition, and electronic or muscular disruption technical devices, which are often referred to as Tasers.

“It’s good to know we can help in some way to supply law enforcement with the tools they need to carry out their important jobs,” said Gene Kiser, executive director of KOHS.

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. 

Photo via Bellevue PD