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State Police K9 gets donation of bullet protective vest

Connecticut State Police K9 Brocko has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s.  Brocko’s vest was sponsored by Mazaika Family Foundation of Bethlehem, and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”. 

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The nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s, established in 2009, provides bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The organization has provided over 4,183 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, through both private and corporate donations. 

This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. 

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.  K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.