Morristown Police Department’s K9 Odin to get Donation of Body Armor
Morristown Police Department’s K9 Odin will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Odin’s vest is sponsored by Randy and Denise King of Noble Realty, Knoxville, TN and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by the King Family”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
This grant was sought after by Morristown Police Department K9 Officer Mason Wisecarver. K9 Odin has been with the Morristown Police Department for four years. He and Officer Wisecarver have been partners since March 2022.
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 over 5,127 vests to K9s 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. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s 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 $1800.00, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. 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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
The Morristown Police Department is appreciative of the support shown by Randy and Denise King as well as the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.