Good news for a member of the local law enforcement community!
Colorado Springs Police Department’s K9 Tank has received a bullet and stab-protective vest all thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The vest was sponsored by an anonymous sponsor and embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrified.”
K9 Tank is the newest member of CSPD’s K9 Unit, which is comprised of 10 dual purpose handler teams, nine officer-handlers supervised by one sergeant/handler. All 10 of CSPD’s canines have received protective vests made possible by the many generous members of the community.
“I am just overjoyed that this was made possible. We as handlers realize that these dogs have a purpose and a job to do, but we still want to give them the most protection possible so they can come home safely at night,” said Officer Timothy Donovan, K9 Tank’s partner. “We form a bond and an attachment with out partners and they become members of our families. We don’t want to see anything happen to them and this vest gives Tank the opportunity to come home after every shift.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts. Its 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 nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its founding, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,700 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations of over $2.3 million.