The Los Angeles Police Commission has approved the donation of surplus ballistic helmets and vests from the Los Angeles Police Department to a foundation that will deliver the equipment to Ukraine for its army to use in defense against Russia.
The 526 helmets and 378 vests will be donated to the First-In Fire Foundation, which will be responsible for the shipment and delivery to Ukraine.
The department said the items are prepared in pallets and ready for immediate shipping, KFI/City News Service reports.
``The equipment has no value to the LAPD,'' the department's chief Michel Moore said in a letter to the commission. The equipment was going to be destroyed after exceeding the manufacturer's five-year warranty.