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Connecticut State Police K-9 Silver Receives Protective Vest From Nonprofit

Officer Silver, a police K-9 assigned to Connecticut State Trooper First Class Thomas Mitri at Troop G in Bridgeport, has received body armor from Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization.
Officer Silver, a police K-9 assigned to Connecticut State Trooper First Class Thomas Mitri at Troop G in Bridgeport, has received body armor from Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police
K-9 Silver has received new body armor to protect him on the job. Silver is assigned to Connecticut State Trooper First Class Thomas Mitri at Troop G in Bridgeport.
K-9 Silver has received new body armor to protect him on the job. Silver is assigned to Connecticut State Trooper First Class Thomas Mitri at Troop G in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A nonprofit organization that provides bullet- and stab-proof vests for police K-9s has come to the assistance of Connecticut State Police K-9 Silver.

According to a statement from the law enforcement agency, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. has supplied Silver with a protective vest embroidered with the statement “In Memory of K-9 Ike, Vancouver Police Department.”

K-9 Officer Ike was stabbed to death in September 2015 while chasing a man who was running from police, according to media reports , which said that a man was arrested in connection with the dog’s death.

According to Connecticut State Police, K-9 Silver will wear the vest while assigned to Trooper First Class Thomas Mitri, his handler since September 2015.

The pair is currently working in Troop G in Bridgeport, according to the statement, which said that Silver is a 2-year-old Malinois trained in all patrol functions, including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles and obedience.

Vested Interest in K9s, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, has been working to protect law enforcement K-9s since 2009, according the state police, which said that the group has provided more than 2,200 protective vests valued at more than $1.9 million across all 50 U.S. states.

For more information about Vested Interest or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978 or find the nonprofit online .

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