UTICA – The Utica Police Department’s K9 Wolf will soon have body armor, thanks to a donation from a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization.
Wolf will receive a bullet- and stab-protective vest with the help of a donation from Vested Interest in K9s, which is located in East Taunton, Massachusetts. The vest is sponsored by an anonymous sponsor, and it will be embroidered with, “Gifted by Hasday – Be Safe Be Strong.”
Vested Interest in K9s was founded in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with the potentially life-saving body armor for K9 officers. The program is open to dogs actively employed with law enforcement agencies in the U.S., who are certified and are at least 20 months old. Vested Interest has provided more than 2,800 protective vests in all 50 states.
Utica police say the donation to provide one protective vest for a K9 officer is $950. Each vest is valued at $1,744-$2,283, with a five-year warranty, and they weigh 4-5 pounds.
K9 Wolf is one of the newest members of Utica police’s K9 Team. He’s specialized/certified in bomb detection and patrol duties. He and his partner, Officer Sean Bubnis, are assigned to the Patrol Division.
K9 Wolf’s vest is expected to arrive within eight to 10 weeks.
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