Nebraska is sending 550 pieces of old law enforcement body armor to help Ukrainian soldiers defend their homeland against the Russian invasion. The list of equipment includes 321 vests and 69 helmets.
Gov Pete Ricketts says the Nebraska State Patrol gathered out-of-warranty armor from law enforcement agencies around the state and combined them with a similar shipment out of Iowa for transport to the Ukraine.
State Patrol Capt. Jason Scott says the donated equipment still works, but U-S law says it can’t be used by law enforcement since the warranties have expired.
Scott says all the agencies quickly and enthusiastically joined the donation effort since the equipment would otherwise have to be destroyed.