School K9 to receive body armor donation
Bryant Police Department’s K9 Mya will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
K9 Mya’s vest is sponsored by Ray Strunk, of Mascoutah, Illinois, and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c-3 charity located in
East Taunton, Massachusetts, 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 more than 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agen
cies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as
K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of
4-5 pounds. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please 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.
K9 Mya is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, she is certified in narcotics and assigned SRO Sergeant
Paul Tarvin. Mya joined the Bryant Police Department and Bryant School District in July 2018. She was obtained through Blue Streak K9 in Jonesboro where she received most of her training. After arriving in Bryant, she went through additional training and certification with Tarvin. “Mya loves playing with her ball and going running,” Tarvin said.
The Bryant Police Department are excited to have Mya as part of the family. Residents can follow Mya on Instagram at Mya_hornetk9.