Robbinsville Township Police Department K9 Quori Receives
Protective Body Armor From Vested Interest In K9s, Inc.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - (January 19, 2018) - Robbinsville Township Police Department K9 Quori has received his bullet and stab protective vest.
Quori’s vest was purchased thanks in large part to the generosity of Morgan Blann of Brick Township, who donated the funds to non-profit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest has been embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Morgan - Be safe and Be Brave.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass. Its 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.
Quori is a Labrador Retriever born on June 25, 2015 and was named in Honor of 9/11 victim Marianne Liquori. The RPD's second K9 officer - "Rigo" - who is trained in explosives and human tracking - also will be fitted with a protective vest thanks to a $1,000 donation made by the family of late Trenton Police K9 officer Edward Leopardi.
Quori and his K-9 handler, Det. Sgt. Scott Kivet, were trained as a Narcotics Detection Team by Major Ann Marie DeAngelo (NJSP Ret.) through PennVet Working Dog Center, an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Quori was part of a cooperative research aggreement with the Department of Homeland Security, CCI, and PennVet Working Dog Center.
Quori and Det. Sgt. Kivet are assigned to the Robbinsville Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit.
Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 2,600 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of over $2.1 million.
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.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. 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.
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, Mass. 02718.
For more information about Vested Interest, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call (508) 824-6978.