FRANKFORT – The city of Shepherdsville has been awarded $5,500 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) to purchase body armor vests for its police department, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today.
Under 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.
“Not only do LEPP grants help protect our law enforcement officers, they also increase community and citizen safety,” Gov. Beshear said. “I’m proud that we have these funds available to benefit all Kentuckians.”
“Making sure our law enforcement officers are protected is, understandably, a top priority, so I am pleased to see this money be used for this equipment,” said state Rep. Linda Belcher, of Shepherdsville. “I want to thank the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security for helping to make this possible.”
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. 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.
“Many city and country governments as well as public universities face limited funding in trying to meet the increasing costs and requirements for their law enforcement officers,” said KOHS Executive Director Gene Kiser. “We try to help, in some measure, with these grants to provide basic protective equipment.”
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.