Olmsted County K9 will soon wear new body armor

Thanks to a recent donation, a K9 officer from the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office will soon be wearing brand new body armor.

They’re probably the cutest members of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and now one of them is about to look even cuter in his new gear. According to a post on the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Deputy Police K9 Ranger will be wearing a brand new bullet and stab protection vest, thanks to a donation from the organization to nonprofit Vested Interest In K9s, Inc.

Vested Interest In K9s is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide protective vests to law enforcement dogs across the country, the post states. They have already provided more than 4,601 vests to K9s in all 50 states worth $6.9 million, made possible through private and corporate donations.

The post says the Ranger’s vest will be embroidered in honor of former Olmsted County K9 officer Rajko, who died of cancer last July. Specifically, it will read: “In memory of K9 Rajko, EOW 07/30/21”. 9 Rajko, EOW 7/30/21.

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And those vests are pretty awesome pieces of gear. The post noted that they are custom-fitted for each dog, weigh between 4 and 5 pounds, come with a 5-year warranty and are priced between $1,744 and $2,283 each. The K9 Ranger Officer is expected to wear his new vest while on patrol in Rochester and Southeast Minnesota in 8-10 weeks.

The program is open to US dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified by law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are approximately 30,000 law enforcement K9s in the United States, the post notes.

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