ILEAS Accepting Ballistic Shield Applications to be awarded to 11 recipients.
In June of 2022, ILEAS began utilizing funding received from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to supply officer safety equipment to police in Illinois. ILEAS conducted a statewide survey, and the responses indicated a need for both a lightweight, easily deployable ballistic shield AND a need for a heavier, rifle-rated shield. Based on experienced SWAT professionals and bid packages, ILEAS chose the United Shield III+ paired with the United Shield MXV. Both have light packages added. ILEAS has already trained and distributed 29 sets of shields (58 total) to regional tactical teams as well as individual law enforcement agencies.
ILEAS currently has 11 sets (22 shields) ready to be deployed to applying agencies. The shields are awarded in pairs. Each award consists of one lightweight and one heavy rifle rated unit.
Beginning December 4, 2023 – online applications will be open for these shields. The application will be open thru December 22nd.