YARMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT'S K9 MATRIX RECEIVES DONATION OF BODY ARMOR
The Yarmouth Police Department reports K9 Matrix received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Matrix’s vest is sponsored by George R. Leibert of York, PA and is embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by George & Sara Leibert”.
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 3,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.
The vest program is open to dogs actively employed within the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies. To be eligible, dogs must be certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are also eligible to participate.
The average cost of providing a protective vest to a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Vested Interest in K9’s, please call 508-824-6978. Visit the organizations web site at www.vik9s.org or write to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.