Sheriff’s office receives body armor for K9 officers
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office K9 officers Oscar and Striker have new body armor. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. recently donated bullet- and stab-protective vests to Oscar and Striker.
The vests are embroidered with the sentiment, “In honor of K9 Gabo, Jonesboro Police, AR.” Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., is a nonprofit located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 3,500 U.S. made, custom-fitted, NIJ-certified protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The cost to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 and $2,283, featuring a five-year warranty.
There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists and events. The nonprofit accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.