PARAGOULD, AR - A K9 officer with the Paragould Police Department is getting better protective wear thanks to a special nationwide fundraising campaign that will also help hundreds more like him.
In January of 2014, the Paragould Police Department welcomed "Duex" to the force, assigning the 2-year-old Shepherd/Malinois mix as Corporal Jason Boling’s partner.
Duex received certification for narcotics detection in March through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association. Duex is currently certified in the detection of marijuana, heroin, MDMA, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Since receiving his certification Duex has taken part in 45 drug related arrest through the department.
Duex will be receiving a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide Groupon Event that has raised over $335,000.
The “Occasions” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran Feb. 15 through March 5. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide nonprofit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a Groupon (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for the four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014.
All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police".
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc a 501c(3) organization is still accepting donations through their website (click here) and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
In 2013, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The nonprofit raised $155,537.33 in just one week, which provided ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.
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