Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department’s K9 Dooly Will Receive Body Armor
Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department’s K9 Dooly will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and manufacturer Armor Express, as part of the incentive program for which one free vest is awarded for every 15 vests purchased by the charity. Vests were donated to K9s in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.
K9 Dooly is a 2 ½ year-old Belgian Malinois; he is certified in patrol work and narcotics detection. K9 Dooly is partnered with Cpl. Benjamin Ferrero who has been with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department since 2011 and assigned to the K9 Unit since 2015.
K9 Dooly and Ferrero regularly work with local agencies and SCMPD’s Special Operation Units on high risk operations. The award of this bullet proof/stab proof vest gives K9 Dooly an added level of safety during these dangerous operations. Cpl. Ferrero and K9 Dooly extend a huge THANK YOU to Vested Interest in K9s for the amazing commitment to law enforcement and public safety!
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 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. 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, 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. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. ... See MoreSee Less