PPD K9 officers to get ballistic vests

PRINCETON — The Princeton Police Department K9 officers will be receiving two ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide Groupon event that has raised more than $250,000 in just over a week.

The “Occasions” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9s with bullet and stab protective vests runs through Wednesday. Groupons may be purchased at www.groupon.com/k9s

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is the nationwide, non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a Groupon (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for their communities and partners.

In 2013 Vested Interest in K9s Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The non-profit raised $155,537 in just one week, which provided ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States. The organization is also accepting donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist Law Enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Mass., who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are U.S. employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are found at the website at www.vik9s.org.