CHATHAM, NJ - Carlos Betacourth and Salil Sheth of the Guardian Foundation came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night to present the Chatham Borough Police Department with five rifle-resistant ballistic vests.

The vests cost $500 apiece and were funded by residents and local businesses.

Bayonne Police Lt. Carlos Betancourth presents the vests on behalf of the Guardian Foundation at the borough council meeting on Monday

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The Guardian Foundation is a non-profit 501 c(3) charitable organization founded by Bayonne Lt. Carlos Betancourth in 2016. It is committed to giving back to the community and supporting its local Heroes. Carlos Betancourth is a Lieutenant with the Bayonne Police Department and is actively involved with the community on many levels.

Betancourth is the president of the Guardian Foundation and Sheth, a resident of Chatham, is the vice president.

The businesses donating toward the purchase of the vests are: Cabri Inc. (Summit, NJ), Cerullo Fire (Rahway, NJ), The Accent Group (Nutley, NJ), NapCo (Lyndhurst, NJ) Evco Mechanical, (West Orange) Sheth Family (Chatham Township), Maine Line Graphics (Antrim, NH), Griffin Alexander P.C. (Randolph, NJ), Investors Bank (Chatham), Planned Building Services (Parsippany, NJ), Imperial Painting & Coatings (West Orange, NJ)