SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — The Illinois State Police (ISP) is donating more than 3,000 pieces of protective equipment to help Ukrainian citizens enduring the Russian invasion.
The equipment includes body armor, ballistic face shields and ballistic helmets.
By U.S. standards, this equipment can no longer be used by ISP or any other law enforcement agency within Illinois. Most body armor in the U.S. has a standard five-year life span. However, it will still offer some protection to civilians, humanitarian aid workers and others in Ukraine.
This surplus equipment must be disposed of if it is not donated to Ukraine.
ISP coordinated the donation with the Illinois National Guard, the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of Commerce and the United States Department of State to transport the equipment as well as ensure compliance with all Federal and State laws and regulations.