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Toms River Police K9s Get New Bulletproof Vests

Nonprofit group donates three vests to Toms River department

Photo: TRPD
Photo: TRPD
The Toms River Police Department's K9 officers will soon be wearing an extra layer of protection in the form of bulletproof vests, thanks to the efforts of a nonprofit organization.

Vested Interest in K9s, of Massachusetts, will donate three ballistic vests to the department. The says its mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement.

Each vest costs $950 and has a 5 year warranty. The vests are made in the United States by Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Mass., and come embroidered in memory of a fallen police dog.

Toms River's three K9s, Cyrus, Brutus and Gunnar, will wear a patch remembering K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department, police spokesman Ralph Stocco said.

Toms River Ptl. Kyle Martucci handles Cyrus, Sgt. James Reilly is partnered with Brutus, and Ptl. Richard Buhowski is partnered with Gunnar.

Vested Interest in K9s was formed in 2009 and, through both private and corporate sponsorships, has provided over 1,000 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $880,000.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities with the group, local residents can call 508-824-6978 or visit the group's website at www.vik9s.org.
JFTR May 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Wahoo never disappoints. Found a way to be a douche on a "bullet proof vests for dogs" story. That's simultaneously pathetic and impressive.
Marynary May 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Wahoo is one of those I consider Patcholes. High profile names seen on patch that are total a**holes. Easy to spot by frequent nonsense postings. There are others.
suz May 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Chief, very surprised regarding your comment...hoping you were being sarcastic.(?)
suz May 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM
After all, these dogs put their lives on the line everyday as well.
EducatedCitizen May 31, 2014 at 01:09 PM
My buddy works there. Said the K9's are good dogs but could use better training on tracks. Said that the dogs can't even pick up the scent of their own poop as it's falling out of their rears!

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