Novato PD Officer Sean Sinnott with K9 partner Koa
NOVATO – The Novato Police Department (NPD) recently issued a Community Bulletin about a charitable donation contributed by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a non-profit organization in East Taunton, Massachusetts.
The 501c(3) charity provides bullet and stab protective vests to dogs of law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. The agency was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies in procuring lifesaving body armor for their four-legged partners. Since it was founded, Vested Interest has provided over 1,600 protective vests through private and corporate donations at a cost of over 1.5 million dollars. Each vest is custom made by Armor Express in Central Lake, Michigan.
Koa is the newest NPD K9 and has been partnered with NPD Officer Sean Sinnott.
Koa is a two-year-old German Shepherd and has been trained in searching, handler protection, and evidence location. He is currently in training for narcotics detection and will soon be joining two other active K9 teams in the department. Both of the other K9s already have been fitted with ballistic protection vests.
The value of each vest is between $1,795 and $2,235. They carry a five-year warranty and weigh between four and five pounds. There are approximately 30,000 K9s in active law enforcement throughout the U.S. This particular vest was sponsored by the Hausman Family Foundation of California and will be embroidered with a sentiment of protection.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org.