Clin­ton’s po­lice dog to re­ceive do­nated body ar­mor

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE -

CLIN­TON — Sonny, the ca­nine of­fi­cer with the Clin­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, will re­ceive a bul­let- and stab-proof pro­tec­tive vest cour­tesy of a char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion from the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Vested In­ter­est in K9s.

Sonny’s vest is spon­sored by the Black­well fam­ily of Southing­ton and will be em­broi­dered with the sen­ti­ment “In me­mory of FF Chris Black­well FDNY R3 9-1101.”

The vest is ex­pected to ar­rive within eight to 10 weeks.

Vested In­ter­est in K9s is a 501c (3) char­ity lo­cated in East Taun­ton, Mass., 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 non­profit was es­tab­lished in 2009 to as­sist law en­force­ment agen­cies with this po­ten­tially life­sav­ing body ar­mor for their four-legged K9 Unit of­fi­cers. Since its in­cep­tion, Vested In­ter­est in K9s pro­vided over 2,700 pro­tec­tive vests in 50 states through pri­vate and cor­po­rate do­na­tions, at a cost of more than $2.3 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 dogs with ex­pired vests, are el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate.

The do­na­tion to pro­vide one pro­tec­tive vest for a law en­force­ment dog is $950.00. Each vest has a value be­tween $1,744 and $2,283 and a five-year war­ranty, and an av­er­age weight of 4 to 5 pounds.

There are an es­ti­mated 30,000 law en­force­ment K9s through­out the United States.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to learn about vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, call 508-824-6978.

Vested In­ter­est in K9s Inc. pro­vides in­for­ma­tion, lists events, and ac­cepts taxd­e­ductible do­na­tions of any de­nom­i­na­tion at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taun­ton, MA 02718.

Clin­ton Po­lice De­part­ment / Submitted photo

Clin­ton Po­lice De­part­ment K9 of­fi­cer Sonny will re­ceive body ar­mor from a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion in honor of a Con­nec­to­cut 9/11 vic­tim.

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