Erlanger K-9 unit receives bullet proof vest

Officer Girdler and Asco (Compliments of Erlanger Police Department)
Officer Girdler and Asco (Compliments of Erlanger Police Department)

ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) - An Erlanger K-9 unit will be a bit more protected while on duty thanks to the efforts of a Massachusetts based non-profit and a local Northern Kentucky resident.

Asco, a canine unit with the Erlanger Police Department, will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vest.

The vest comes compliments of Northern Kentucky resident, Linda Krivsky. Krivsky, an animal advocate, recently learned about Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a non-profit organization seeking donations to outfit K9's across the county with bullet and stab proof protective vests.

She was surprised to hear that most law enforcement agencies do not have budgets to provide potentially life-saving body armor. Krivsky contacted Vested Interest in K9s Inc. to learn how she could join the group's efforts.

In just three days, Krivsky was able to collect the money needed to provide a potentially life-saving vest for an Erlanger K-9 unit. With the help of friends and family, Krivsky collected the $950 needed for Asco.

"The Erlanger Police Department is fortunate to have a community that supports our efforts," states Police Chief Robert Arens. "Law enforcement is dependent on partnerships with the community, not only in solving crime, but in maintaining programs that are often considered expendable in difficult economic times."

Krivsky's efforts are the first on behalf of Vested Interest in K9s Inc. in Kentucky. To date, the organization has vested police dogs in 37 states.

To learn more about the Vested Interest in K9s Inc., click here.

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