Swatara Township Police Department’s K9 J.T. to get donation of body armor

Swatara Township Police Department’s K9 J.T. will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 J.T.’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Maria Krzyszton, Alden Associates at Integer Holdings and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Integer Holdings”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

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 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

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.

K-9 J.T. is a German Shepherd / Belgian Malinois mix and was selected by his handler, Corporal Timothy Bloss, on May 25, 2018. K-9 J.T. is certified in Narcotics Detection, Tracking, Obedience, Article Searches, Area Searches, Building Searches, & Aggression Control. When K-9 J.T. is not at work, he enjoys playing with his family and taking walks every day. K-9 J.T. loves playing with a variety of balls, Kong, and tug toys.

The Swatara Township Police Department, the Swatara Township Board of Commissioners and J.T.’s partner, Corporal Tim Bloss are very grateful for Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and look forward to utilizing the vest to help keep J.T. safe out on the street.