School K9 to re­ceive body ar­mor do­na­tion

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.