WPD’s newest K-9 team receives ballistic vest

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K9 Jorga, a new member to the Wilmington  Police Department, has received a ballistic vest from a national campaign for police dogs. Photo courtesy of  Fourth Day Advertising, Inc.
K-9 Jorga has received her ballistic vest from a national campaign for police dogs. Photo courtesy Fourth Day Advertising.

K-9 Jorga, a Dutch Shepherd with I&I international K9 Search and Rescue Team, recently received a ballistic vest as part of a national campaign to outfit law enforcement dogs around the country with bullet- and stab-protective vests.

The national “Occasions” campaign–a grassroots effort by Groupon–was held Feb. 15 through March 5 and raised enough funds to outfit 370 law enforcement dogs with ballistic vests.

Groupon selected the nonprofit Vested Interest in K-9s as the recipient of the campaign. The Massachusetts-based organization provides police K-9s with vests in memory of Rocco, a Pittsburgh Police Department K-9 who was killed in the line of duty last year, according to a news release from the organization.

Jorga is a trained K-9 that is certified in live searches, building searches, evidence and article searches, area searches and human remains detection.

K-9 Jorga and her handler, Randy Searls, recently partnered with the Wilmington Police Department to assist with its Crime Scene Investigative Unit (CSI), K-9 Unit and other investigative teams to help solve local cases, according to police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

The “one of a kind” K-9 has worked with the FBI, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in many state, local, and federal investigations, Searls said.

Carolina Beach Police Department K9s Ammo and Nox also received ballistic vests as part of the Occasions campaign.

Vested Interest in K9s has a mission to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Through private and corporate sponsorships the non-profit has provided more than 1,517 law enforcement dogs in the country with protective vests since 2009. Each vest costs $1,050 and has a 5 year warranty.

Reach Vested Interest online or by phone at (508) 824-6978.