Protective Body Armor for JCPD K9s
June 13, 2014 - Two Jersey City K-9 police officers will receive body armor for their dogs as the result of a charity campaign funded by on-line donations. Custom-made, embroidered vests will be provided for the dogs handled by Officers Michael O’Connell and Eric Peterson. O’Connell’s dog is Rex and Peterson’s is Ali. The protective vests for both dogs, valued at $950 each, are the result of a campaign organized by the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Two funding sources made the donation possible.
The "K9 Kota Campaign" held an online event selling over 1,350 tee shirts for Kota, a law enforcement dog with the Winchester (VA) Police Department. The dog sustained a work related injury. In addition, a nationwide campaign by Groupon, an on-line discount site, was able to raise over $335,000. Vested Interest will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department, killed in the line of duty in January.