News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: June 16, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Spencer, Vito, Nero, Marco and Grimm have received body armor. A photo of the dogs donning their vests is attached.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Spencer, Vito, Nero, Marco and Grimm each received their bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The vests were sponsored by an anonymous sponsor and are embroidered with the sentiment "Proud to support one who serves and protects."
ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9s, INC.
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 1,800 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $1.6 million.
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 donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 -- $2,234, with 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.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at http://www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office