Milford police K9 gets ballistic vest
A city police dog is getting extra protection while out on the job, thanks to the donation of a ballistic vest from a nonprofit organization.
Milford police K9 Zar, a 4.5-year-old German Shepherd, got the armor from Vested Interest in K9s Inc. Zar is certified in patrol work and works alongside to his two-legged partner, Officer Sean Owens.
The bullet and stab protective vest is set to arrive for Zar within eight to 10 weeks, according to the nonprofit. Vested Interest is a charity based in East Taunton, Massachusetts. The organization’s mission is to provide law enforcement dogs with ballistic vests.
Zar joined the Milford police force in Dec. 2014 after he completed his training.
“K9 Zar is full of personality, enjoys playing with his Kong (toy) when he is home, going for walks and patrolling the City of Milford on evening shift with his handler,” the department said. “He especially enjoys challenging tracks leading to suspect apprehension and evidence recovery, both of which he has proven extremely successful at.”
“K9 Zar is a hard worker on the job and a faithful protector in the home,” the department added.
Since Vested Interest was founded, it has provided over 3,000 vest across 50 states. Each vest is valued between $1,744 and $2,283. On average, the vests weight between four and five pounds.
More information can be found at www.vik9s.org. Donations can be made on the site as well.