Crime fighting just got a little safer for K9 Diesel and K9 Gibson, two certified patrol canines in Connecticut. K9 Diesel, with the Milford Police Department, recently completed several criminal apprehensions, evidence recovery, and successful tracks for people of interest, and K9 Gibson, with Troop L in Litchfield, is trained in all patrol functions including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles and obedience.
Thanks to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts based nonprofit organization, and Armor Express, a Michigan based manufacturer, 13 law enforcement dogs in 7 states have received ballistic vests, including K9 Diesel, a four year old German Shepard handled by Officer Sean Degnan of the Milford Police Department’s K9 Unit and K9 Gibson, a seven year old German Shephard assigned to Trooper Chad Gomez. The Diesel/Degnan K9 team graduated from the 156th Connecticut State Police K9 Training Troop in January 2013 and the Gibson/Gomez K9 team has been working together for the last five years, crossed-trained in human remains detection in both land and water operations.
K9 Gibson’s ballistic vest was obtained in thanks to Officer David Buck, a K9 Handler with the Meriden Police Department who, through fundraising, raised $1,900 towards the purchase of protective vests for K9’s. Below is a photograph of K9 Gibson in his new ballistic vest.
To help protect other K9 teams in Connecticut, go to Vik9s.com and learn about the charity. For every 15 vests purchased, a free one is donated, and all proceeds for their calendar, for sale at the same site, go towards police dogs actively working without the proper safety gear.