SEABROOK — Seabrook Police Department’s K9 Henry will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
According to the Deputy Police Chief Brett Walker, Henry’s vest will be delivered within the next two months. It will be embroidered with the sentiment “in memory of Sgt. Sean Gannon, Yarmouth Police Department.” Gannon was shot and killed recently while on duty with the Yarmouth, Massachusetts Police Department.
K9 Henry is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois who attended a grueling 16-week training program with officer David Hersey through the Boston Police Canine Academy. In December 2017, Hersey and Henry graduated and became a patrol certified police canine team. Hersey and Henry will be attending a narcotic detection training which will make them a dual purpose team in the detection of drugs and tracking of persons.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts 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. The nonprofit 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 2,900 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.
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.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 to $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds.