West Chester and Caln Police Departments have collected a collection of used bulletproof vests and donated them to residents of Ukraine, who are under attack by Russian forces.
The Eastern Palestinian Authority Chapter of the FBI National Academy is working with law enforcement to coordinate a collection of used ballistic vests throughout the southeast region of the Palestinian Authority to send to Ukraine . The overall program is coordinated by the Vermont National Guard and the goal is to provide ballistic protection to first responders (firefighters, EMTs, paramedics) on the front lines in Ukraine. J
West Chester Police have recovered 268 bulletproof vests from Chester County Police which are on their way to Ukraine to be used by emergency responders for protection. Used protective equipment will be given to doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to help protect them from harm during the crisis in their countries.
Members of the West Chester Police Department helped recover police body armor no longer in use for immediate dispatch to Ukraine. Departments from across Chester County arrived at the collection point consisting of Chief Morehead, Lt. Deighan and Cpl. Malicki to return their used vests.
“It was a humanitarian effort,” said J. Patrick Davis, Chester County Public Safety Training and Development Manager, who organized the local campaign, on Monday.
The vests were taken from West Chester to Lewistown State Police in Juniata County.
From there, they are dropped off at the Vermont National Guard. They should be sent to Ukraine on Wednesday.
Chester County’s collection drive began last Wednesday when Davis was briefed by Kirk Trate, a retired state police captain, about the statewide collection.
West Chester Police Chief Jim Morehouse agreed to organize Chester County, asking all 47 police departments to donate. He was assisted by Lt. Martin J. Deighan and Cpl. Jason Maliki.
Morehead agreed to organize Chester County, asking all 47 police departments to donate. He was assisted by Lt. Martin J. Deighan and Cpl. Jason Maliki.
“The National Institute of Justice standard allows for five years of use before a ballistic vest will need to be replaced,” Moorehead said. “Many of these vests, although outdated, are still useful. Honestly, they are definitely better than having no protection.
State Police donates 67 used vests. Capitol Police are donating 24 surplus vests and 15 level 3 ballistic helmets that can withstand certain calibers of bullets.
Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of state police, said the ballistic vests and helmets are for use by Ukrainian police officers and aid workers in Ukraine, and are to be shipped by the California National Guard, subject to the federal government approval.
The two agencies produced approximately 110 used police body armor and 15 surplus ballistic helmets that they no longer used.
“This is surplus equipment that would otherwise be discarded,” Gov. Tom Wolf said during a press conference at state police headquarters.
Wolf noted that states cannot send weapons to a foreign country, but said the Ukrainian consulate has requested food and masks to protect against the coronavirus, so his administration is working on those requests.
Wolf also asked the Legislature to approve $2 million in state aid to assist Ukrainians fleeing the invasion who may come to Pennsylvania. Wolf said Wednesday he had no information about Ukrainian refugees arriving in the state.