Update 5/6/15: The K9 vest ceremony was postponed due to severe weather.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Police Department will have a ceremony for the gifting of protective vests to the department’s K9s on Thursday, May 6.
The nine dogs will receive ballistic vests from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, A Breed Apart Clothing, and five year-old Tayte Stark.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 Officers, according to a press release. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,359 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million dollars.
The bullet and stab protective vests will be given in memory of K9 Kye who was killed in the line of duty on August 25, 2014. Each vest is embroidered with the words “In Memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma City Police Department.”
The vests cost $950 a piece and have a five-year warranty.
New K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.