JCSO K9 Receives New Body Armor (Photo)
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- A Jackson County Sheriff's Office K9 is a little safer this week. On February 6, 2018, K9 Titan received new body armor that provides bullet and stab protection.
K9 Titan's partner, Deputy Tracy Lenhardt, applied for the vest from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts. K9 Titan's vest was sponsored by an anonymous donor. It is embroidered with the sentiment, "This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc."
The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value of $1,744 to $2,283 and comes with a five-year warranty.
The program is open to certified dogs at least 20 months old that are actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9's in service in the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information and lists events on its website, www.vik9s.org. The organization accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination on the website or by mail at P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.