from The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office K9s Janke and Jax have been awarded bullet & stab resistant vests thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Friends of Grand Traverse County K9s provided $2,023 for the vests.
Janke is a 2-½ year old German Shepherd from Poland. He works for the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department and started his service in May 2014. Janke is trained in explosives detection, tracking and patrol/handler protection. Janke and his handler, Deputy Ian Pegan-Naylor, were trained in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, at Mid-Michigan Kennels. Janke works hard and is very meticulous. When he’s off duty, he loves playing fetch with his kongs and running around with his three labrador buddies at home.
Jax is a 19 month old German Shepherd from Poland. He has worked for the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department since August 2014. He is trained in narcotics detection, tracking suspects and missing persons, and handler protection. Jax graduated from Mid-Michigan Kennels in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. He loves going to work with his handler, Deputy Matt Jerome, and playing with his kong on his days off.
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. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 1251 law enforcement dogs in 40 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.1 million.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 7” plush stuffed German Shepherd K9 Hero, “Cesar”, and company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. now for sale online for $15.00 at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.
The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA, which also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.