Castle Shannon Police Department's K9 Dixon to get donation of body armor

Castle Shannon Police Department’s K9 Dixon will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Dixon’s vest is sponsored by John Krolikowski of Trebuchet Consulting, LLC and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Trebuchet”. 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 3,000 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 http://www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Dixon is a 20 month old German Shepherd. He is trained in patrol utility as well as narcotics detection. Officer Justin Majors is the K9 handler and has been employed with Castle Shannon Police Department since 2013. He is trained in narcotics investigation through the Pa State Police and the Pa Attorney General’s Office.

Castle Shannon Police Chief Ken Truver stated, “We are grateful to Vested Interest and Trebuchet Consulting for providing this important protection for our K9 Officer.”