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Cedar Rapids Police Department’s K9 Elo to receive donation of body armor

Elo, a Cedar Rapids Police K9 officer, right.
Elo, a Cedar Rapids Police K9 officer, right.(Courtesy: Cedar Rapids Police Department)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:25 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Cedar Rapids Police Department’s K9 Elo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Elo’s vest is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S.-made, custom-fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,415 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20-months-old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

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