Lafayette Police Department and Tippecanoe County Metro K9 Unit K9 Joeri to get body armor
Lafayette Police Department and Tippecanoe County Metro K9 Unit K9 Joeri will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Joeri’s vest is sponsored by Tracy Voss of Munster, IN and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Be safe - Police K9 Supporter, Tracy Voss”. Delivery is expected to take place within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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 non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,600 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.5 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
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 suggested donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs.. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
The Lafayette Police Department is grateful for the efforts that Vested K9 Incorporated has placed in the many K9 Law Enforcement Officers it has serviced. Information concerning the Lafayette Police Department K9 Unit can be directed toward to Sgt B.T.Brown at 765-479-4448.