Alhambra Police Department K9 receives ballistic vest
The Alhambra Police Department’s K9 Enzo has received a ballistic vest thanks to the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and a generous donation from The Hausman Family Foundation.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Their 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 $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies obtain this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged officers. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has used private and corporate sponsorships to provide over 1346 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $1.2 million.
Enzo is a 5 year old Belgian Malinois that has been with the Alhambra Police Department since March, 2012. Enzo’s handler is Corporal Laing, a 14 year veteran of the Alhambra Police Department who has been training with Enzo for 3 years. They are certified in Patrol, Narcotics and Evidence location. Enzo lives with Corporal Laing 7 days a week. Corporal Laing said, “This is not something that Enzo will wear all the time. However, there are those high risk situations where the vest may save his life.” Corporal Laing
German Shepherd K9 Hero, "Cesar" is the company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Their 7” plush stuffed toy of Cesar is now available online for a $15.00 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. The 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 employed in the U.S., 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: www.vik9s.org.