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Greenwich K-9 Officer Kato Now Has Body Armor

Greenwich police's K-9 Unit is staffed by Officer Keith Scorca and K-9 Kato, a 2-year-old German shepherd.
Greenwich police's K-9 Unit is staffed by Officer Keith Scorca and K-9 Kato, a 2-year-old German shepherd. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, CONN. -- Greenwich Police Department’s K-9 Officer now has protection from bullets and knives thanks to a protective vest donation from Massachussets-based non-profit organization Vested Interest in K-9s.

Officer Keith Scorca and Kato, a 2-year-old German shepherd from Czechoslovakia, make up Greenwich police's K-9 unit.

The vest was sponsored by a grant from Macy’s along with Vested Interest. The organization, based in East Taunton, Mass., focuses on providing bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.

Since its inception in 2009, Vested Interest has provided over 1,600 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations. The value of those vests is more than $1.5 million.

All vests are custom made in the U.S. by Armor Express in Central Lake, Mich. 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 K-9 graduates, as well as K-9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 is $1,050.

There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the country.

For more details, visit the Vested Interest website or call (508)-824-6978.

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