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In-Vest USA | With bad economy, bulletproof vest group to ‘double efforts’

March 8, 2009

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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, call 1-877-775-VEST,or write InVest USA, PO Box 23489 Columbia, SC 29224-3489.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2009 12:14 pm

    I agree. Law enforcement agents should be provided with bulletproof jackets. Bulletproof vests should be more accessible. Police officers are constantly putting their lives on the line. Bulletproof Jackets are sprouting everywhere, though. It is now being manufactured to go mainstream and is more affordable than ever. Civilians are taking matters into there own hands after countless tragedies involving massacres and senseless killings by derranged individuals who not only will take their own life in the process but also others around them. Parents are purchasing bulletproof backpacks for their children to wear at school in fear of another ‘Columbine” incident. We are not saying that it should be mandatory to always wear a bulletproof vest in school and at the workplace, but regular law abiding citizens should have as much right as law enforcement to protect themselves and their loved ones from a deadly attack.

  2. May 18, 2009 12:25 pm

    Law enforcement agents deserve full ballistic protection. It’s should be a priority. bulletproof vests are actually more important than police cars. There should be more beat cops. Less cars equal less traffic. If more police officers are on foot, “police presence” is more prominant.

  3. May 18, 2009 12:27 pm

    Police body armor products and other bulletproof jackets deliver full ballistic protection. Every cop deserves to wear one. It saves lives!

  4. August 16, 2009 9:04 pm

    Every cop deserves to have one provided for him…he should not have to purchase his own. The vest is part of his uniform and its the same story for a k9 officer.


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