4/3/2017

Ventnor City Police Department's K9 Joker Has Received Body Armor

Ventnor City Police Department’s K9 Joker has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Joker’s vest is sponsored by Jennifer Luciano of Vineland, NJ and embroidered with the sentiment “Protect me and my partner from harm”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 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.

K9 Joker, a 2 year old Belgian Malinois, joined the Ventnor City Police Department in August of 2015 and partnered with K9 Officer Marc Franco Jr. K9 Joker has completed over 28 weeks of training and certified in tracking, apprehension, article search, building search, and narcotic detection. The vest will provide an additional level of protection to K9 Joker in the performance of his duties as he protects the residents of Ventnor and the members of the Ventnor City Police Department. The Ventnor City Police Department would like to thank Jennifer Luciano for the generous donation and Vested Interest in K9s for providing the vest.

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