Fraser-Winter Park Police Department K-9 Argo and Grand County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Ivan recently received bullet and stab protective vests thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc, a Massachusetts based nonprofit organization.
The made-to-order vests were recently delivered and will protect the K-9’s from bullet and stab wounds as well as blunt force trauma.
Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K-9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. has provided over 435 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009.
Two recent events made it possible for the charity to provide 217 vests for dog crime fighters across the country. January 2013, a regional Groupon Grassroots campaign naming Vested Interest in K-9s as a charity partner raised over $55,000 which allowed the donation of 53 K-9 vests and a nationwide Groupon campaign in March 2013 raised over $155,000, providing vests for 163 K-9s in 30 states.
The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, Mich., exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.