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VBSO donates 63 protective vests to help fight terrorism in the Middle East

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office is donating 11 boxes of surplus protective vests to militaries fighting terrorism in Israel and Palestine in response to a request for donations from Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares. The boxes total 63 Molle vests, which provide protection and carry gear. The vests are expired, which means they are past the manufacturer’s recommended use but can still be effective.

Attorney General Miyares sent a letter on Oct. 17 asking all 123 Virginia sheriffs to donate their expired or excess law enforcement gear.

"While I'm aware that some police departments are stretched for resources, there are many departments that have expired equipment that are required to be donated or discarded. If you have excess law enforcement protective equipment, my office will collect them and ship it to the Israel Defense Forces," Attorney General Miyares wrote in the letter.

Virginia Beach Sheriff Rocky Holcomb immediately answered the call, working with the VBSO Uniform Shop to collect surplus gear.

“We are more than willing and able to donate this equipment to Attorney General Miyares for use by the Israeli military,” Sheriff Holcomb said. “We will do whatever we can to help our friends in the Middle East combat and crush terrorism wherever it arises.”

In the attached photos are (left to right): VBSO Deputy Recruit G. Browning, J. Mays, D. Dinzik, A. Permenter, OAG Community Liaison Officer Nick Proffitt and VBSO Sgt. M. Kimener.

Any questions or requests for additional information from the news media may be directed to Toni Guagenti, Public Information Officer: or 757-385-8446.