Above left to right are K9 Officer Sean Clifford with his K9 partner "Vert" and K9 Officer Robert Dashnow with his K9 partner "Thor"

K9 Vert is trained in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, building searches, proctection and tracking.
K9 Thor is trained in explosives detection, criminal apprehension, building searches, protection and tracking.
K9 Vert was named after late Schenectady Police Officer Eric Verteramo, who was killed in the line of duty on April 11, 2004.

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Schenectady Police Department K9’s Koenige and Vert have received bullet and stab proof vests 

K9 vests

The Schenectady Police Department’s K9 Koenige and Vert have received ballistic vests thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and sponsored by Margaret & George Pearsall.  The vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of my pets who brought joy to my life”. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose 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. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. 

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 $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. 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, MA 02718.