Brookfield Police K9 Argo has received a bullet and stab protective vest through a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s. The body armor was paid for by a fundraiser hosted by Protectors of Animals of East Hartford.
Argo's handler, Sgt Jeff Osuch, thanked Protectors of Animals and Vested Interest for keeping his partner safe, while Argo is keeping him and the public safe.
(Photo: Brookfield Police)
Since being founded in 2009, Vested Interest charity has provided over 2,800 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $2.4 million. 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.
There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.