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Myrtle Beach Police K-9s receive protective vests

K-9s Kelly, Alli and Roscoe in their new vests. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police on Facebook) K-9s Kelly, Alli and Roscoe in their new vests. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police on Facebook)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Police Department’s three K-9 officers received their body armor thanks to a charitable donation from a non-profit company anonymous donors.

Kelly, Alli and Roscoe received their bullet and stab protective vests thanks to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K-9 Kelly’s vest is embroidered with: “All the virtues of man without his vices.” K-9 Alli’s vest is embroidered with: “And so you may live, my life is also yours.” K-9 Roscoe’s vest reads: “Loyalty, Honor, Courage, Strength.” All three vests are sponsored by anonymous donors.

The K9 Unit started 16 years ago. So Alli, Roscoe, and Kelly make up the second generation of police dogs. Alli is eight years old and considered the anchor of the team. Roscoe is six years old and excels at drug searches. Kelly is the newest addition to the team, and she is a great tracking dog.

“We don’t want them to get hurt ultimately,” said  MBPD Private First Class Kenneth Harlow. “They’re in bad situations, they’re jumping in cars, jumping around, all kind of stuff. We don’t want any dog to get hurt in the end.”

Vested Interest in K9’s is the non-profit organization coordinating the whole process to get the vests funded and then made. The three vests are being made right now by a company in Michigan. Each protective vest is funded by a charitable donation by anonymous donors. K9 Kelly’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment: “All the virtues of man without his vices”. K9 Alli’s vests will be embroidered with the sentiment: “And so you may live, my life is also yours”. And K9 Roscoe’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment: “Loyalty, Honor, Courage, Strength”.

To qualify for the donation, the police department had to verify K9 Unit was up-to-date on current certifications, the dogs are actively deployed by the department, and are at least 20 months old. The vests could be delivered by the end of June or July. Each one is valued between $1,700 and $2,200. They each come with a five-year warranty.

WMBF News reporter Katrina Helmer learned even more about these vests and MBPD’s K-9s back in May; view here full report here.

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