Tulsa police dog gets a new vest

Tulsa Police Department’s K9 Riggs will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K9 Riggs is a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois mix, who is Patrol and Narcotic certified and assigned to Officer Murtaugh with the Tulsa Police Department. K9 Riggs completed his K9 training and certification in 2013 and began working the streets. K9 Riggs was the Region 11 USPCA champion in 2017.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) 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 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 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the United States 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 $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, a five-year warranty and has an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information, call 508-824-6978 or visit www.vik9s.org.