Town of Frederick News

Posted on: November 3, 2017

Frederick Police Department’s K9 Buran Has Received Body Armor

Buran in New Vest

Frederick Police Department’s K9 Buran has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by fundraiser hosted by April Mendez of GotYour6 Couture, LLC of Fountain, CO and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by the Mendez Family, in memory of Bobby”.

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 2,600 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.  

“Part of the job of a Police K9 is to be sent in to dangerous situations first in order to keep their human partner safe. Buran goes above and beyond this during his role as a SWAT Team K9,” said Buran’s partner, Officer Andy Fairbanks. “This vest will be potentially lifesaving for Buran and we greatly appreciate Vested Interest in K9s’ generosity.”

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.

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