Keizer Police Department K-9 Buster will receive body armor thanks to a donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s.
The bullet and stab protective vest is expected to arrive within 10 weeks.
The vest will be embroidered with the words, "This gift of protection provided by Pat Wilson & family."
Buster is a Belgian Malinois trained in both field work and drug detection. He has been with the department for more than four years.
"The Keizer Police Department would like to thank Pat Wilson and family for the generous donation and gift that is being provided to K9 Buster. Our K9 program is funded primarily through donations like that which has been received from Pat Wilson and family," according to a Keizer Police Department statement.
Keizer police said anyone interested in making a donation toward a protective vest for the department's second K-9 Bruno can contact the K-9 program supervisor Sgt. Jeff Goodman at Goodmanj@keizer.org for additional information.
Vested Interest in K9s Inc. was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with potentially lifesaving body armor for K-9 officers. The organization has provided over 2,100 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of more than $1.9 million dollars.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 - $2,234 and a five-year warranty.
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