America's First has severed many of the municipalities in the Birmingham, Ala. area for years and wanted to give back to the community.
"It is great to know that there are still businesses, in our area, that recognize the critical needs of local law enforcement. America's First has long been one of those that we can count on to provide the support we need, when we need it," said Captain Tim Carter of the Helena Police Department.
The credit union has already donated three vests to Homewood, Pelham and Helena municipalities. They plan to issue 12 more vests during 2009.
Ballistic vests need to be replaced every five years due to law enforcement codes and normal wear and tear. In a press release, the credit union said that during this time of financial cut backs and budgeting issues they are proud of the opportunity to provide the police departments with this important and fundamental piece of equipment.