Three Brick Police K9s will receive new stab and bullet resistant vests, the department announced Wednesday.
K9s Max, Rigby and Duke who are all patrol and narcotics certified, have been selected by Vested Interest K-9 Inc. to receive the new vests.
The vests, which should be delivered in about 14 weeks, will protect the K-9’s against stabbings and bullets, said Sgt. Henry Drew.
Vested Interest is a charitable organization located in 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.
Each vest costs $950 and has a five year warranty, Drew said.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest has provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.
The organization orders the U.S.-made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA, which also creates the custom embroidery on the body armor.