K9 Indy to Receive Body Armor

Posted by Mike Pastor on May 12, 2016
Tags: Animals, Community, Public Safety, TCPD, Town News

Trophy Club Police Department’s K9 Indy will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. A donation in the amount of $65,825 was presented to the charity from the “Help Officer Hickey Vest K9s” online fundraiser. The funds were raised through nationwide donations in efforts to help retired Officer Matt Hickey of Marietta, OH, keep his partner Ajax upon retirement. Officer Hickey was able to purchase Ajax for the sum of $1 and the balance was donated to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Vested Interest in K9s,Inc. will be providing 62 law enforcement dogs with vests thanks to the generous donation.

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 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

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 $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information, 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.

The Trophy Club Police Department K9 program has gotten off to a great start and Indy is proving his worth as one of the newest officers.  K9 Indy is a German Shepherd that was born in the European country of Hungary and celebrated his second birthday on April 20, 2016.  He is a dual purpose working dog trained in narcotics detection, as well as, the tracking and apprehension of persons.  Police Officer Barry Sullivan serves as the handler for Indy and the two trained together for 240 hours prior to Indy’s first shift on the streets of Trophy Club in October of 2015.

In this first eight months of service, the K9 program has done well in the protection of the citizens in this great town and is increasing the relationships with the surrounding areas.  Officers Sullivan and Indy have had 56 deployments during this time frame that involve narcotics detection, tracking, apprehension, building/area searches, and socializations.  In addition to the service to the Town of Trophy Club, the Trophy Club Police Department K9 Unit has been called to assist other agencies, including the Texas Rangers, Roanoke PD, Northlake PD, Justin PD, Corinth PD, and the Northwest independent School District.  The partnering of Officers Indy and Sullivan has played an important role in taking illicit substances such as marihuana, methamphetamine, heroin, and the accompanying paraphernalia, out of the hands of criminals and off the streets making the Town of Trophy Club a safer place for all to enjoy