Colorado State University Police Department officers will be the recipients of proceeds generated at a car show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Liberty Firearms Institute in Johnstown. The proceeds will be used to equip CSUPD officers in tactical, rifle-rated protective gear.
The event, sponsored by SHIELD616, will help CSUPD obtain specialized safety vests that can be worn all day, providing armored protection, as well as a ballistic helmet, which can be used while responding to high-risk scenarios such as active shooters. The gear will complete departmental needs, following an earlier fundraiser in 2018 that provided armor and helmets to six officers.
The car show will include vehicles from around the region as well as door prizes, food and a dunking tank featuring Chief Scott Harris. The show is sponsored by SHIELD616, Fast Track Auto Repair and Liberty Firearms Institute.
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“SHIELD616 builds partnerships within our community to financially and personally support area first responders and their families,” said Chris McCullough, a volunteer coordinating the event. “Our aim is to protect our protectors. Every first responder should have the tools and safety gear necessary to make sure they go home safe to their families at the end of their shift.”
In addition to the gear that will be donated as a result of the fundraiser, SHIELD616 replaces the gear every five years at no cost to the department.