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Posted: Jul 06, 2018 3:13 AMUpdated: Jul 06, 2018 5:04 AM

Police K9’s Borg & Baron to get donation of body armors

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Charlie Taraboletti

Bartlesville Police Department K9’s Borg & Baron will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9’s Borg & Baron’s vests will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department“. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

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 3,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

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 $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 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.

Officer Steven Silver is the handler for K9 Baron and Officer Andrew Ward is the handler for K9 Borg. Baron and Borg began there service with BPD in May 2018 and are currently assigned to the Criminal Interdiction Team.


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