Friday, November 14, 2014

PHOTOS: Jefferson County Police Dogs Get Bulletproof Vests

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Vico, a K9 unit with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. - PHOTOS COURTESY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Photos courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
  • Vico, a K9 unit with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The K9 units in Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are now bulletproof, thanks to a donation of seven ballistic vests.

The stab- and bullet-proof vests come from Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Massachusetts. Each vest costs $950 and comes with a five-year warranty.

click to enlarge This tough guy's name is Tycoon.
  • This tough guy's name is Tycoon.

"That's a big savings for us," said Cpl. Ernie Howell, the sheriff's office canine supervisor, to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We couldn't afford it otherwise."

See also: St. Louis County Police Dog Bites Suspect -- And City Cop -- During Lengthy Manhunt

Vested Interest recently donated seventeen vests to law enforcement dogs in Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania, thanks to a partnership with the manufacturer, Michigan-based Armor Express. Since Vested Interest's founding in 2009, the nonprofit has provided more than 1,100 K9 units with protective vests, worth more than $1 million.

Unrelated to bulletproof vests, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office made "baseball cards" for its police dogs, and they're outstanding. Here they are:

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Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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