Elk Grove Village Police Department’s K9 Mack to Get Body Armor
Elk Grove Village Police Department’s K9 Mack will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Mack’s vest is sponsored by VFW Post 9284 of Elk Grove Village, IL and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Vest Donated by Elk Grove VFW Post 9284”. 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 2,300 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
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.
K-9 Mack was born in the Netherlands on 06/15/14. He is a Belgian Malinois working for the Elk Grove Village, Illinois Police Department. He is certified in Patrol and Narcotics. K-9 Mack was purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana in March 2016 and is assigned to Officer Richard Meyers. Officer Meyers has been serving the Elk Grove Village Police Department since April 2000. He is a second time K-9 handler with the police department.
On July 4th 2016, K9 Mack was called to help locate a prisoner with an out-of-state warrant who ran out of a local hospital where he was receiving medical treatment for chest pains. K-9 Mack searched the very dense wooded area across the street from the hospital. After conducting a track/area search for about an hour, K-9 Mack located the escapee who gave up when he realized the dog was about 50 yards away from him.
K-9 Mack enjoys working for the police department, tennis balls and hanging out with the family in the backyard.