Our Mission – Your support makes a difference
Your support makes a difference Our mission is to support Massachusetts Police dogs by helping provide bullet resistant vests (our primary goal), essential equipment, funding for training, and purchase of dogs for police / law enforcement K-9 programs throughout Massachusetts.
BULLET RESISTANT K-9 VESTS
Our primary goal continues to be to insure every Massachusetts K-9 has a bullet resistant vest. While law enforcement agencies provide bullet-resistant vests for their human officers, they are unable to fund vests for K-9 officers. As K-9s are trained to give up their lives to protect their partners and all of us, we believe it is every bit as important to protect them.
A bulletproof K9 vest ranges from $1350 to *$2500 each (handler/dept choice). All K9 vests will also protect against blunt force trauma if kicked, punched, or struck with an object, like a bat.
*$2900 K9 Storm™ bullet/stab-protective tactical vest for Massachusetts K-9 patrol teams that are actively assigned to a tactical team or regularly train in tactical deployment.
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT, TRAINING, & PURCHASE OF DOGS for police / law enforcement K-9 programs throughout Massachusetts. Grants awarded twice a year, due 6/15 and 12/15.
Essential equipment includes specialized equipment for the K-9 dog (bullet/stab-protective K-9 vests, K-9 first aid kits, canine oxygen masks, reflective K-9 gear, specialized harnesses), training/protective clothing (bite suits/pants/jackets/sleeves/hand protectors/helmets), K-9 cruiser specialized items (kennels, heat detector/door popper units, secure storage units, door panels, window guards/fans, rear A/C systems), training aids (scent kits), training equipment (K-9 agility structures, scent-training boxes).
Training distinct from customary and usual K-9 training is funding for training staff, K-9 handlers and their K-9 partners to attend training seminars or to fund guest trainers. Priority will be given to training that will benefit more handlers (ie: for Trainers or for guest trainers that are invited to conduct a seminar open to multiple departments or for handlers that are willing to present what they learned in a seminar to multiple departments). Training support will not include minimal department-required in-service for certification, additional areas of certification or re-certification/maintenance training.
Purchase of dogs is partial funding of a dog specifically for K-9 Police Law Enforcement work.