JHS Capitol Advisors has teamed up with the City of Columbia to launch the JHS Shield Program, which will raise funds to replace bulletproof vests needed to safeguard the lives of our community’s police officers. Each year, the vests that provide armor to officers require replacement due to age and wear.
So far this year, the police department has had to replace 215 vests at a cost of $545 each. A federal grant covered the expenses for 84 new vests, and Invest and Wal-Mart have paid for another 15. That leaves 116 vests that still need to be covered, and JHS has offered to match donations made by local citizens and businesses, up to half (58 vests).
“For police officers who put themselves in the line of fire while protecting their communities, effective bulletproof vests often mean the difference between life and death,” explains John H. Sykes, founder of JHS Capitol Advisors.
“Every single one of these officers is somebody’s father, somebody’s son, somebody’s mother or somebody’s daughter, and these men and women put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our homes and families,” says Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “They’re family, fighting for us, and this is our chance to keep them safe.”