City of Cumberland Awarded $4,400 LEPP Grant for Body Armor

May 17th, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that the city of Cumberland has been awarded a state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) grant for $4,400 to purchase body armor. 

A total of 27 law enforcement agencies were awarded $120,950 in LEPP grants, which are administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) to give financial help for certain items essential in the course of their duties.  

“These grants provide important funds for law enforcement agencies to acquire necessary protective equipment for their officers who endeavor to keep our Commonwealth safe and secure,” Gov. Beshear said. 

“These grants allow us to better prepare our law enforcement officers for the dangers they encounter daily. The very nature of their job often puts them in harm’s way. I am glad we are able to ensure that they are better equipped and better protected,” said state Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, of Prestonsburg. 

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, duty weapons, ammunition, and electronic or muscular disruption technical devices, which are often referred to as Tasers. 

“It’s gratifying to know we can help in some way to supply law enforcement with some of 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. 

Click here for a complete list of agencies receiving grants.


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