“Brew for the Blue” raises $2,000 for body armor

“Brew for the Blue” raises $2,000 for body armor

Abide Brewing Company, a microbrewery located in Newnan, Georgia, hosted Brew for the Blue on Saturday February 25 and helped us raise $2,000!

Much of the funding was generated from the sale of $1, $2, and $5 raffle tickets for items that had been donated by local businesses. Prizes included multiple gift cards to local restaurants, range passes to Atlanta Range and Ordnance, Falcons merchandise, Bluetooth Speakers, a Yeti Cooler, and a custom knife from Southern Grind.

Abide kicked in an additional $700 from entry fees.

This was our first fundraiser event of its kind and we’re proud of the outcome. With a little luck, it will become an annual event for us!

We thank everyone who came out in support of our cause!

American Armor Founder Among IACP’s Inaugural 40 Under 40 Award Recipients

American Armor Founder Among IACP’s Inaugural 40 Under 40 Award Recipients

Media Advisory
Contact: Brandon Perkins | Phone: 678-300-3356 | Email: brandon@americanarmor.org

For Immediate Release
September 19, 2016

The Board of Directors is excited to announce that Chief Brandon Perkins, the Founder & Executive Director of American Armor, has been selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as one of its inaugural 40 Under 40 award recipients!

Each of the recipients are featured in the September 2016 issue of The Police Chief, the official monthly print publication of the IACP. According to the article’s introduction, “The IACP’s 40 Under 40 Award was developed to recognize 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession.”

Perkins’ section of the article states,

“CHIEF BRANDON PERKINS grew up surrounded by law enforcement because his father, a former police officer, had many friends in the profession. Because of this, Chief Perkins grew up knowing what it means to wear the uniform and the badge. As the chief of the Tyrone Police Department since 2007, he maintains that level of dedication and service he grew up seeing as a child. He is constantly looking for ways to make the department, his officers, and the community better. As a result, Tyrone, Georgia, has ranked in the top eight safest cities in Georgia for three years straight and has experienced a 50 percent reduction in violent crime rates. In 2015, Chief Perkins founded the nonprofit American Armor Foundation, Inc., which assists smaller law enforcement agencies across the United States afford body armor for officers. Chief Perkins strives to make well-informed decisions that have a positive impact on the community every day. He is driven by the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies the implementation of a successful process that gets positive results. 

Those around him describe Chief Perkins as passionate and highly skilled in areas such as community policing, public relations, organizational leadership, staff training, and policy development. He knows what it takes to lead a successful police department and works hard each day to make that a reality in his own community.”

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American Armor provides officers in Woodbury, Georgia with new body armor

American Armor provides officers in Woodbury, Georgia with new body armor

The leadership of the American Armor Foundation, a Georgia-based 501c3 public charity tasked with a mission to provide body armor to law enforcement officers working in underfunded agencies, is pleased to announce that the Woodbury Police Department has been selected as the recipient of its first large agency grant.

American Armor’s founder, Brandon Perkins, and members of the Board of Directors were on hand at the Woodbury Police Department on Wednesday September 14, 2016 to present seven of the agency’s officers with brand new body armor. Notably, this isn’t replacement body armor. These officers, like thousands of others across the United States, had been performing their duties without it due to a lack of funding. (more…)