Macomb Police Department’s canine receives donation of body armor

Jax and vest

K9 Jax displays his bullet and stab protective vest courtesy of a donation made to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. by Leah Beale of Oklahoma City, Okla. | Photo courtesy of Macomb Police Department

MACOMB, Ill. — Macomb Police Department announced in a press release that its canine, Jax, has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Jax’s vest was sponsored by Leah A. Beale of Oklahoma City, Okla., and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Leah Beale.”

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S.-made, custom fitted and NIJ-certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 5,435 vests to canines in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations. 

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. Dogs with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $985 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,800 weighs an average of 4-5 pounds and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org. Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.  

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