The Manchester Police Department has donated some of their old ballistic vests to the armed forces in Ukraine.
It’s part of a statewide effort. Governor Reynolds says the State of Iowa is donating 146 protective helmets and 714 ballistic vests to Ukraine. The donations are excess expired equipment from the Iowa Department of Public Safety and eighteen other law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Manchester PD and the Dubuque and Linn County Sheriff’s Offices.
Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild says they’re required to replace their ballistic vests every five years, so the vests that were donated still provide high levels of protection.
Hauschild says their hopes are that the vests never have to do what they are designed for, but they’re proud to give the Ukrainian troops an added level of protection as they fight for their land and freedom.
photo courtesy of Governor Reynolds’ Office