Clay County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 Marko has received body armor
Clay County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 Marko 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 Jane Dallas of Tuscola, IL and is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Kye Oklahoma City Police Department”.
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 1,800 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 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. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are 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.
Deputy K9 Marko came to the Clay County Sheriff Department on June 22, 2015. K9 Marko, along with myself Deputy Terry Burdin, handler, are both certified in patrol and narcotics detection through the State of Arkansas. After certification, we continue to train a minimum of 16 hours a month. Deputy K9 Marko has participated in numberous traffic stops, search warrants, probation searches, drug arrest, and suspect apprehensions. Deputy K9 Marko is a very active member of our force, and is always by my side putting himself in harms way to protect me, the sheriff department, and the citizens of Clay County. He takes just as much risk, while on duty, as our deputies. He is a beloved member of our department and it puts our hearts at ease knowing he is just as protected as we are. Deputy K9 Marko will wear his vest while on duty to keep him safe just as myself and fellow Deputies do. We are very thankful for the support of Vested Interest and sponsor Jane Dallas. Our whole department thanks you greatly.