Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. – Body armor and ballistic helmets previously used by Pennsylvania State Police and Capitol Police are heading to Ukraine, pending federal approval, Gov. Tom Wolf has announced.
Wolf praised law enforcement for their efforts to donate used body armor to Ukraine.
“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.”
The donated equipment will be delivered to the Vermont State Police and then, pending federal regulatory approval, will be shipped to Ukraine. The Wolf administration is working with federal partners to secure approval.
The equipment will then be used for those helping with humanitarian and rescue efforts as they work across the war-torn country.
PSP is donating approximately 90 used, near-expired vests that were due for disposal. Capitol Police donated 24 similar used ballistic vests and 15 ballistic helmets.
“This equipment will be put to good use by those who desperately need it,” said PSP Colonel Robert Evanchick. “The bulletproof vests were recently replaced with new bulletproof vests and were due to be destroyed. We are glad to know that they can still be put to good use.”
“Every day, the men and women of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police take pride in performing their duties to keep our citizens safe and protect their way of life,” said Capitol Police Superintendent, Joe Jacob. “We are honored to be part of the effort to help Ukrainian citizens do the same through the donation of this protective gear.”