K9 Jester Receives Donation of Body Armor

Singing River Police Department’s K9 Jester will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jester’s vest is sponsored by Diana Ribera of Holladay, Utah and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by the Ribera Family”.

Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

“Singing River K9 Jester furthers our Mission to Improve Health and Save Lives while providing emotional support to every person he comes in contact with. Yes, he is on the job, continuously working to protect our system, yet gives our team and the community a sense of comfort while doing what he loves.”

Chief Randy Sanders, Singing River Campus Police

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 3,830 U.S. made, custom-fitted, NIJ certified protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million dollars.

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.

“Jester serves not only the Singing River Health System; he also is available to be called upon by the entire county in the event he is needed. Jester is the only explosive detection dog in Jackson County, and he is also patrol certified.”

Officer Thomas Spicer, K9 Unit, Singing River Campus Police

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $960.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 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.

“Jester and I are proud to be a part of the community and provide specialized service whenever and wherever needed. Vested Interest in K9s awarding this vest will help us continue to Improve Health and Save Lives.” 

Officer Thomas Spicer, K9 Unit, Singing River Campus Police

About Singing River Health System

Singing River Health System is the community based, a not-for-profit healthcare provider for Jackson County and surrounding areas on the Gulf Coast. As one of the county’s largest employers, the system offers award-winning, comprehensive care for every age and stage. Singing River Health System is committed to the highest quality standards and is an accredited Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Excellence.

We provide both critical and acute health services, charitable assistance, and lead numerous educational and community outreach programs. We strengthen the local economy by recruiting more than 300 of the very best physicians and other professionals to our community while providing adequate jobs, wages, and benefits to approximately 2,400 employees and their families. Through this dedication, we help improve the health of the community while making it a better place to live and work. We are honored to be the caregiver of choice. For more information please visit www.singingriverhealthsystem.com. Stay up to date on the latest Singing River excitement by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Vimeo and YouTube.