GRPD: New K9 protective vest to honor Collin Rose

GRPD K9 Unit gets new armor

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - New bullet and stab protective armor has been donated to the Grand Rapids Police Department's K9 Unit. 

The non-profit group Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be donating the protective vests for Kilo, Kip, Izzy, Aero, Bobby, Jack, Boris and Atos. According to Facebook post by the police department, the vests will honor a fallen officer and two canines.

Kilo’s vest is sponsored by Theodore Sippel of Manchester and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Sergeant Collin Rose, Wayne State University Police Dept., MI."

The vests for Kip, Izzy, Aero and Bobby are sponsored by various donors and will be embroidered with “In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police."

Jack, Boris, and Atos vests were sponsored by various donors and will be embroidered with “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department."

Vested Interest has provided more than 2,400 protective vests for police department canines across the nation, at a cost of more than $2 million.

GRPD expects the new vests to arrive in the next two months.

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