PSP and Pa. Capitol Police donate over 100 vests and 50 helmets to Ukraine

(WHTM) – Americans continue to do what they can for Ukraine as attacks from Russia continue and Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Capitol Police have joined efforts in donating used bulletproof vests.

The donated equipment will be delivered to the Vermont State Police and, pending federal regulatory approval, will be shipped to Ukraine. The Wolf administration is currently working to obtain approval from federal partners.

According to the press release, the equipment will be used for civilians participating in humanitarian and rescue efforts as they work across the country.

Approximately 90 used vests will be sent by PSP, and 24 similar used ballistic vests and 15 ballistic helmets will be sent by Capitol Police.

“It is a mistake that Russia’s attack on Ukraine made this necessary, but I am proud of our State Police and the Capitol for their support of the Ukrainian people,” Governor Wolf said. “This small effort will make all the difference for humanitarian and relief workers who face danger every day.”

PSP Colonel Robert Evanchick said the ballistic vests had recently been replaced with new body armor and should be destroyed. Although the vests have a lifespan of five years and are retired due to the manufacturer’s warranty, this does not mean that the body armor does not work.

“We take comfort in knowing that they can still be put to good use,” Colonel Evanchick said.

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