Lake City police department receives funding for bulletproof vests

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) provided Lake City with funding for bulletproof vests for the Lake City police department.

NE Region Vice President of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police and Marion Chief of Police Gary Kelley (left) presented a check to Lake City Chief of Police Winred Saffell to help with the purchase of bulletproof vets for the Lake City Police Department. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Chief Gary Kelley, chief of police at Marion and vice president of the Northeast Region of AACP, was in Lake City Wednesday, Aug. 4, to make the presentation. Accepting the $1,358 check was Lake City Chief of Police Winred Saffell.

Chief Shaffell expressed his appreciation to the association for their assistance in helping to provide the vests for the safety of his officers. Four vests were purchased with the funding.

AACP is proud to participate in the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative, designed to provide this critical resource to state and local law enforcement agencies.

The AACP is a non-profit organization of police chiefs and executives from all over Arkansas who recognize the importance of having proven, effective leaders in law enforcement. It continually works toward enhancing the knowledge and skills of police executives so they can effectively meet the growing demand of providing the best possible law enforcement available.

Chief Saffell said the vests have to be replaced every five years.

"The grants made available really help departments in our smaller towns with equipment," Chief Saffell said. "Among the equipment we have been able to purchase through grants are cameras and computers."

Lake City has four full time officers and was able to purchase four vests with the funding.

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