The Franklin Police Department’s K9s Thor and K9 Jager have been awarded ballistic vests thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vests will be embroidered with the sentiment “This vest provided in memory of K-9 Aron”.
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. Each vest costs $1050.00 and has a 5-year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1468 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.3 million dollars.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their signature tank top is now available online for a $20.00 donation at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.
The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website: http://www.vik9s.org.
Does the FPD have the course that citizens can take that shows what all the dept does? I know Chattanooga has one and I can not remember what it is called. I know it is very good and informative.
We do, and ours is THE best of the best! Info here: http://www.franklintn.gov/government/police/public-affairs/citizens-police-academy. I hope you’ll consider applying. We run classes twice a year, but – be warned, there is a 2-year waiting list.