Elkhart Police Department receives donation for K9 armor

ELKHART, Ind. - The Elkhart Police Department's two-year-old Dutch Shepard, Diego, is receiving a new bullet and stab proof vest, keeping him safe on the job. 

Thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s Inc., Diego will receive a custom fitted National Institute of Justice certified vest.

Vested Interest's mission is to provide protected vests to dogs assisting law enforcement throughout the country, providing so far over 5,350 vests to K9s in all 50 states, valuing $6.9 million.

The Elkhart Police Department is grateful for the donation and the protection it brings Diego. 

“K9s are working dogs, but they’re also partners that build a bond with their handler," said Sgt. Jason Ray, EPD K9 Unit. "Now we cannot only protect the department’s investment in Diego and his training, but also better protect Cpl. Voss’ partner.”

Dogs, at least 20 months old and actively employed in law enforcement or related agencies, are eligible to receive a vest. 

K9s with expired vests can also participate. 

If you're interested in donating towards Vested Interest in K9s, visit their website. 

All contributions are tax deductible, while a single donation of $985.00 will sponsor one vest, benefitting the estimated 30,000 K9s in the U.S. 

Diego's new vest is expected within eight to 10 weeks. 

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