Burnsville K-9 Soon to Have Protective Vest After Donation

Jet, a K-9 on the Burnsville police force Photo: Courtesy Burnsville Police Department
Jet, a K-9 on the Burnsville police force

August 25, 2017 11:11 AM

A K-9 on the Burnsville police force will soon be able to perform his duties more safely thanks to a donation from a Massachusetts charity.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a nonprofit which works to provide bullet and stab protective vests, as well as other assistance, to law enforcement dogs, has donated a vest to Jet, a K-9 who completed training and joined the police department in Burnsville last May.


Vested Interest also provided a vest for the department's other K-9, Rex, in 2015.

"(The dogs) don't wear them so much when they are doing a search," Burnsville police Sgt. Matt Smith said. "Like if we've stopped a car, and we know the situation is safe.

"But we use them more in apprehension situations. Like if the dog is being sent into an area where we don't know where the suspect is, or where we do know and we know the suspect is armed. We want to keep the dogs safe too."

The vest, which is estimated to have a value of between $1,744 and $2,283 and comes with a five-year warranty, is expected to arrive in eight to 10 weeks.

It will be emblazoned "In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police." That's in honor of a Pittsburgh police dog that was fatally stabbed in 2014.

Smith said the other vest donated by Vested Interest also honors a fallen K-9.

"It really helps," he said of the donation. "It means a lot."


Frank Rajkowski

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