The governors of Iowa and Nebraska announced last week that they would donate police protective gear, including military-grade equipment like helmets and vests, to Ukraine to help civilians defend themselves against invasion Russian strategy.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said his state would send 550 pieces of protective equipment, while Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said her state’s department of public safety and 18 law enforcement agencies would provide it. Ukraine 860 devices.
These agencies join a growing list of police departments — from California to Ohio to Vermont — that are funding non-lethal police equipment to aid Ukrainian civilians, according to a CNN review of the efforts. of each state and interviews with some of them. related.
Of the agencies contacted by CNN and non-governmental groups gathering supplies, none said they were collecting weapons or ammunition.
Many of the police departments involved in these efforts are working with charities and former members of the US military. Several sources with direct knowledge of the various efforts – but were not involved – spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity due to concerns about potential legal questions the initiative could raise. mentioned.
According to experts, it is unprecedented for US law enforcement agencies to donate police protective equipment and military equipment to a foreign country engaged in an ongoing war. The effort also raises questions about the role of police departments and whether, as domestic law enforcement agencies, they should send equipment to an overseas conflict outside of their jurisdiction. their term or not.
Because there is no central coordination group, there is no easy way to tell what is being shipped or whether it is subject to export regulations.
The Ukrainian American Coordinating Council (UACC), a nonprofit organization, is at the center of an effort to send regulated, military-grade, and police-grade protective items to Ukraine, including helmets. ballistics, hard plates, soft armor and vests, the group said.
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