Tennessee town gets $10,000 grant, money from sales of confiscated weapons to buy body armor.

The city of London has been awarded $10,080 from the…

The city of London has been awarded $10,080 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) to purchase body armor, 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.

“Through strategic assessment of need, purpose, local circumstances and availability of funds, we help protect our law enforcement officers who perform dangerous duties day and night,” Gov. Beshear said. “This also translates into increased community and citizen safety, so it’s a win-win situation.”

“We need to always remember that protecting our first responders is a top priority,” said state Rep. Marie Rader, of McKee. “I am very grateful that the city of London was awarded this grant.”

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.

“In trying to meet ever-increasing costs and necessities for law enforcement personnel, many city and county governments face severe constraints in local funding,” Tom Preston, KOHS executive director, noted. “This is an unfortunate reality. Not only are police officers often short of basic equipment, but the public also becomes more vulnerable to crime.

“When we can help, even partially, in solving such a crisis we do so given the dollars available from confiscated weapons sales and through a situational priority basis.”

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.

Source: The Times Tribune

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