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Fort Lee Police Department’s K9 Bodie and K9 Hudson to Get Body Armor

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Chief Keith M. Bendul is pleased to announce that Fort Lee Police Department’s K9 Bodie and K9 Hudson will each receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Bodie and K9 Hudson’s vests are sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Chloe and ShaeLee Campbell of Cresskill, NJ and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Chloe & ShaeLee Campbell”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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.

K9 Bodie is partnered with Police Officer Chris Richter who is currently assigned to the department’s Emergency Services Unit.  K9 Bodie and Officer Richter graduated from the Bergen County Sheriff’s K9 training in May, and Bodie is dual certified as a patrol and explosives detection K9.  Bodie is named after the K9 from the Sacramento California police department who saved his partner’s life in 2012 when he was shot protecting Officer Randy Van Dusen.

K9 Hudson is partnered with Police Officer Zachary Joseph who is currently assigned to the department’s Patrol Division.  K9 Hudson and Officer Joseph graduated from the Bergen County Sheriff’s K9 training in May, and Hudson is dual certified as a patrol and narcotics detection K9.  Hudson is named after the 17th century explorer Henry Hudson, who explored this section of the United States and is the namesake of the Hudson River which runs between New York and New Jersey.

 

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 $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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