Colonie P.D.’s K9 “Vader” gets a bullet- and stab-protective vest on Saturday, May 3, thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts based nonprofit organization and a Maine resident.

In 2013, Madeleine Hamersley, 83, of Sorrento, ME, a former New York Police Officer and life-long animal lover contacted Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. regarding the donation of a protective vest to the Colonie Police Department. The vest was purchased in memory of one of her family members, Milton Enfield, a Colonie resident who served with the department in the late 1940’s.

On Saturday, May 3, Colonie P.D. will conduct a K9 demonstration at the 5th Annual Bark For Life of Albany-Colonie event taking place at Cook Park in the Village of Colonie starting at 10:30 a.m.  At noon, Officer Gerald Shaw and “Vader” will meet with members of the Enfield Family as well as Sandy Marcal of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a 5-year warranty.

The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 470 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009.  Over $450,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 37 states including Alaska and Hawaii.