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Connecticut State Police K9 to receive body armor

January 17, 2018 GMT

Et tu, Brute?

That’s right; Brutus, too. Back in November, three State Police K9s received body armor — and now K9 Brutus makes four.

Connecticut State Police announced Tuesday that State Police K9 Brutus will receive a bullet- and stab-protective vest from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. — a non-profit organization based in East Taunton, Massachusetts.

K9 Brutus’ vest was sponsored by a fundraiser. The dog is a 4-year-old German Shepherd trained in all aspects of patrol, including evidence recovery, handler protection, tracking, criminal apprehension and obedience. Trooper First Class Derek Smitt of Troop F in Westbrook is K9 Brutus’ handler.

Vested Interested in K9, Inc. — which was established in 2009 — has provided more than 2,800 protective vests to law enforcement agencies across the nation. The mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to law enforcement dogs throughout the county.

This program is open to all dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or any related agency. The dogs must be certified and at least 20-months-old. New K9 graduates and K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a K9 is $950. Each vest weighs roughly four to five pounds and is valued between $1,795 and $2,283. The vests come with a five-year warranty.