Local Community Helps Raise Thousands Of Dollars For Police Body Armour
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCCU) —
In light of National Police Week some local police departments received a very special gift Thursday from the Police Support Association of Champaign County showing their appreciation for the men and women in blue.
Thursday morning the group loaded a U-Haul truck with 125 body armours, delivering them to several departments.
Some of the smaller departments like Parkland Police, Gifford and Homer received the vests for free. Others like Rantoul Police Department and Champaign County Sheriff’s Office received some of the vests at a largely discounted price.
Sergeant Matthew Rivers, of the Urbana Police Department, said at least 95 percent of the body armours were funded by community members – who donated about $9,000.
Rivers said the body armour weighs around 25 pounds and can be thrown over the head to add additional support for safety.
If you’d like to donate or learn more about the Police Support Association of Champaign County click here.