PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thanks to a generous donation, one more member of the Pima County Sheriff's Department will have their own body armor.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts company, has donated a bullet and stab protective vest to PCSD K9 Jaap. According to PCSD, Jaap finished his basic training in March, 2016 and has already proved a valuable member of PCSD.
Jaap has assisted deputies in arresting several felony suspects, as well as assisting with a search warrant with his handler Dep. Nicholas Norris, in which the K9 located 18 grams of methamphetamine, 8 grams of marijuana, and over $10,000 of US currency.
Jaap's new custom-made vest weighs about 4 to 5 pounds and is valued between $1,795 to $2,234 and has a five-year warranty.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a non-profit that was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with lifesaving body armor for their K9 officers. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has donated some 1,900 protective vests in 49 states through both private and corporate donations.