School District K9s Receive Donation of Body Armor

School District K9s Receive Donation of Body Armor
Posted on 11/12/2020
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Palm Beach County School District Police Department K9s Murphy, Onessa, Cali, Neo, Tango, Maggie, Jade and Kobee have received bulletproof and stab-proof protective vests, thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  

The company is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bulletproof and stab-proof protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is manufactured in the United States, custom-fitted, and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) certified.

"Our partnership with Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. improves the safety of our K-9 teams who work hard to protect our schools every day. We are truly grateful for this generous donation," said Frank J. Kitzerow, the Palm Beach County School District Police Department Chief. Each vest has a value of $1,744 – $2,283 and weighs an average of 4 – 5 pounds.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

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