(File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — An organization has announced the donation of safety equipment for 44 officers at the Casper Police Department, as part of a larger donation going out to law enforcement across the state.

The donation will be presented to the Casper Police Department Monday, January 13th, at WindCity Church. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm.

“In May of 2019, two generous residents of Wyoming, donated a total of $883,000, to assist in the effort of outfitting the entire state of Wyoming, with all-day rifle rated armor,” a written statement from SHIELD616 said Thursday.

SHIELD616 is an organization founded to provide all-day rifle protection for peace officers and first responders.

A round of presentations by the organization will help outfit 300 Law Enforcement Officers throughout Wyoming, including the Laramie Police Department, the University of Wyoming Police Department, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, the Cheyenne Police Department, and the Casper Police Department.

Through their partnership with the local Wyoming donors, the organization is able to provide Casper PD with 44 sets of Angel Armor’s level III rifle rated ballistic plates and helmets.

The specific gear costs a total of $1350 per Law Enforcement Officer, and includes; front and back level lllA rifle plates, and a Revision Batlskin helmet. The total amount to outfit the 44 Casper Police Department Officers is $59,400. 

“The Casper Police Department is honored to accept the gracious donation of 44 ballistic plates and helmets from SHIELD616,” a Casper PD statement said January 9, 2020. “The plates will be inserted into officers’ existing outer carriers. This donation will allow these officers to wear rifle rated protection all day long.”

“As a part of our commitment to our donors, we allowed them to select departments in Wyoming,” said SHIELD616 Vice President Chris Brown. “One of our donors lives in the Casper area and they wanted to make sure their local officers received the armor, as well as feel the appreciation from the community for their sacrifices.” 

You can learn more about SHIELD616 by visiting shield616.org