Trumbull's police dogs to get protective vests
The Trumbull Police Department will be receiving two protective vests for Officer Greg Lee’s K-9 Storm and Officer R.J. Carlson's K-9 Cyrus, thanks to a nationwide Groupon event that has raised over $300,000.00 to date.
The Occassions campaign for Groupon Grassroots helped raise the funds to outfit Police K-9’s with bullet- and stab-resistant vests. Vested Interest in K9's Inc. is a nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grasroots to participate. In 2013, Vested Interest in K9'’s 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 is an estimated 30,000 police dogs in the U.S.
Vested Interest in K9’s is located in East Taunton, Mass. Throughout the U.S., since 2009 Vested Interest has provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vest. The organization orders the U.S.-made vest exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis Mass., who also do the embroidery on the body armor. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.