In-Vest USA | With bad economy, bulletproof vest group to ‘double efforts’
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For more information, call Michael Letts at (803) 741-8257.
With bad economy, bulletproof vest group to ‘double efforts’
Saying the economic downturn will likely increase the burden on law enforcement officers, a Richland County-based charity which supplies bullet-proof vests to officers says it’s going to beef up fundraising in the coming year.
In-Vest USA says is once again turn to the community for support, said Michael Letts, the president and founder of the non-profit organization. He said In-Vest USA is gearing up for a busy year of fundraisers and events to raise awareness of the dangers of putting law enforcement officers on the streets without the protection of bulletproof vests.
“One of the effects of the current economic crisis will be a deterioration of the quality of life in many communities — which will bring an increase in crime,” said Letts. “That means increased demands on the men and women of law enforcement, who already operate in an environment when a routine call can turn tragic. Of course, the economic downturn also means a nationwide dip in charitable giving. So we will be doubling our efforts.”
The group recently announced actress Jenny Young as its “Honorary Spokesperson” for the month of February. Honorary spokesmen will continue to be named each month as a way to raise awareness of the need for body armor for law enforcement, says In-Vest.
In-Vest was born in 1993, when a group of Northeast Richland business leaders huddled to find a way to supply the vests to law enforcement, Letts said. A Richland County deputy had informed a Spring Valley-area civic club that vests were not standard-issue equipment for many officers.
“To send these brave public servants into the street without the life-saving protection of a bulletproof vest is indefensible,” Letts said. “Unfortunately, far too many police officers, deputies, and highway patrolmen nationally do just that: tempt fate by hitting the streets without the one piece of equipment that could mean the difference between life and death.”
The group says it will announce upcoming fundraisers, as well as other ways local residents can help, in coming weeks. To find out how you can help, visit http://www.in-vest.org, call 1-877-775-VEST,or write InVest USA, PO Box 23489 Columbia, SC 29224-3489.