Kentucky Sheriff’s Office gets thousands of new protective gear


It was late 2021 when Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee noticed his deputies needed new protective gear. law enforcement to help raise the funds needed to get new equipment. Just as the sheriff’s office was about to begin its campaign, tornadoes tore through western Kentucky and the attention of Meade County deputies was drawn elsewhere. That’s when an anonymous donor funded their entire campaign, $30,000 to be exact. This bought the department new helmets and body armor. The vests are able to withstand the shots of an automatic rifle. “What makes these vests different is the angel armor rifle armor,” said the Shield 616 founder and CEO. “They’re thin enough and light enough to wear all day. but whatever these deputies are called for, they can have protection against rifles.” “Without these vests, we cannot properly protect our community,” Wimpee said. “When we wear the vest and go on a stage, you are more confident.” The equipment was presented to officers at a local church in Meade County. Shield 616 hopes to continue to connect police departments with their local communities and provide life-saving materials. The organization was started by former police officer Jake Skifstad after he was involved in a mass shooting in Colorado Springs. Skifstad hopes his organization can help bridge the gap between police officers and the communities they serve by connecting every police officer to a sponsor. “When your first responders become one with the community, you’re going to have a better community,” Skifstad said. . “Having this accountability between officers and their community is so important.” To learn more about Shield 616 or to donate, visit the website https://shield616.org/.

It was late 2021 when Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee noticed his deputies needed new protective gear.

“This stuff has an expiration date,” Wimpee said.

So one of his deputies told him about Shield 616, a Colorado-based organization that works with law enforcement to help raise the funds needed to get new equipment.

Just as the sheriff’s office was set to begin its campaign, tornadoes touched down in western Kentucky and the attention of Meade County deputies was drawn elsewhere.

That’s when an anonymous donor funded their entire campaign, $30,000 to be exact. This bought the department new helmets and body armor. The vests are capable of sustaining shots from an automatic rifle.

“What makes these vests different is the angel armor rifle armor,” said Shield 616 founder and CEO. “They’re thin enough and light enough to wear all day, but no matter what these deputies are called, they can have rifle protection.”

“Without these vests, we cannot properly protect our community,” Wimpee said. “When we wear the vest and go on a stage, you are more confident.”

The equipment was presented to officers at a local church in Meade County.

Shield 616 hopes to continue to connect police departments with their local communities and provide lifesaving equipment. The organization was started by former police officer Jake Skifstad after he was involved in a mass shooting in Colorado Springs. Skifstad hopes his organization can help bridge the gap between police officers and the communities they serve by connecting every police officer with a sponsor.

“When your first responders become one with the community, you’re going to have a better community,” Skifstad said. “Having this accountability between officers and their community is so important.”

To learn more about Shield 616 or to donate, visit the website https://shield616.org/.

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