Leesburg Police Donate Old Vests, Helmets to Ukraine

The Leesburg Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request to donate surplus town police equipment, including ballistic vests and helmets, to Ukraine as the country struggles to fight off the Russian invasion.

According to town staff, law enforcement agencies in Falls Church, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg and Fairfax County have already donated protective equipment to Ukraine. The Leesburg Police Department identified 45 vests, nine helmets and 26 heavy plates—protective vest inserts—that still have a serviceable life, but can no longer be used in Leesburg because they no longer meet U.S. standards or comply with Leesburg Police Department policy. Town staff members propose donating that equipment to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

The Leesburg Police Department will donate the equipment to a U.S.-based charitable organization, for eventual delivery to Ukraine.

This article was updated June 16 at 3:24 p.m. to correct the number of vests and plates donated to charity.

3 thoughts on “Leesburg Police Donate Old Vests, Helmets to Ukraine

  • 2022-06-15 at 1:52 pm
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    I bet there are MILLIONS of Americans living in (D)-controlled cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit and St Louis who really would have appreciated this personal safety equipment.

  • 2022-06-15 at 1:53 pm
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    As much as I feel for Ukraine, there isn’t another jurisdiction within the commonwealth or US, for that matter, that could also use this equipment?

  • 2022-06-15 at 2:32 pm
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    This is a very nice gesture on the part of Leesburg police. Kudos to them. Anything we can do to help Ukraine — I’m all for. That beleaguered country has suffered enough. Long Live Ukraine!

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