A local police dog will be getting body armor. Monroe Police Department's K9 Murphy will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s and manufacturer Armor Express. This is part of the incentive program for which one free vest is awarded for every 15 vests purchased by the charity.
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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.
Vests were donated to K9s in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.
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 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.