In July 2017, the Alexandria Police Department announced that K9 officers Odin and Zeus were going to receive a ballistic and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Odin and Zeus have now received their body armor.
Odin’s vest is sponsored by an anonymous donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Dr. John T. Dailey & Poncho.” Zeus’s vest is sponsored by Anne Best Rector and Tim Allen of Alexandria, VA, and will be embroidered with the “Gifted by Anne Best Rector & Timothy O. Allen.”
All current Alexandria Police Department K9 officers now have protective vests which the Alexandria Police Foundation facilitated those donations.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Maryland 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 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
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 K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a-law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.