New Hampshire Department of Correction K9’s Ryker & Dutch
to get body armor
New Hampshire Department of Corrections K9’s Ryker & Dutch will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Ryker’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”. K9 Dutch’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Jethro, Canton, OH 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 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.
New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn stated, “We are grateful to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for their donation and support of our K-9s safety as well as all other K-9s working in law enforcement.”
The Department of Corrections K9 Team completed specialized training in December 2016. The DOC K9 team is made up of Investigator James Azzara and Dutch and Investigator Christopher Ward and Ryker. Their presence has been a great addition to the Department’s efforts to reduce the introduction of contraband into its facilities.
(Below: Left - Dutch, a male Belgian Malinois and Right - Ryker, a female Belgian Malinois)