Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Livingston Co. Sheriff: All K9 Officers now have protective vests

GENESEO:   Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises that all active Livingston County Sheriff’s Office K9 members are now outfitted with lifesaving protective vests.
The K9 members have all been measured and outfitted with vests through the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9’s, INC.The vests are bullet and stab resistant and will make our valued K9 partners safer. 
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 1,546 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.4 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
“We thank Vested Interest for this great donation to our K9 unit,” stated Sergeant Chad Draper who is the Supervisor for the Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.   “Our K9 partners put their lives on the line every day just like a Deputy does.  Being able to property protect them with these vests will keep them safer.”