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Rockford Park District Police Department’s K9 Kilo Gets Added Protection with Donation of Body Armor

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ROCKFORD, IL – Members of the Rockford Park District Police Department help people enjoy life daily by deterring crime and maintaining safe parks. K9 Kilo, a Belgian Malinois, has been a member of the Rockford Park District Police Department since 2014, and will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K9 Kilo’s vest is sponsored by Creston and Victoria Rabtoy of South Burlington, VT, and will be embroidered with the sentiment “honoring those who served and sacrificed.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

“Kilo is my sidekick, and has been a huge help to our department as he is trained to guard, smell, protect, and defend. We wear body armor daily, so I am very happy that our four-legged officer will also be protected,” said Josh Strand, Rockford Park District K9 Officer.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA, and has the mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,300 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Mike Costello