(9-1-20) Berrien County Sheriff’s Office K9s Blek, Maxx and Mika will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Sheriff Paul Bailey stated that the delivery is expected within eight to
“We are very appreciative of this donation and pleased to have each of our three K9s chosen to receive these protective vests.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission isto provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,004 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old, actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at http://www.vik9s.org, or
you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
Bio Information for Berrien County Sheriff’s Office K9’s
Blek (pronounced Blue) is a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix.
Blek is from Belarus and was born in July of 2018.
Blek is trained in explosive detection, firearms detection, tracking, suspect
apprehension, and handler protection.
Blek has been partnered with Deputy Brandon Crosby since November of 2019 after they successfully completed basic training at FMK9 in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Blek’s favorite toy is his tug toy. Blek loves to play tug of war.
Maxx is a 5 year old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois cross from the
Maxx is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension and handler protection.
Maxx is currently assigned to Deputy Paul Grenon.
Maxx is certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association. Maxx became a member of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department in 2017.
Maxx loves going to work and in his off time enjoys playing with his favorite toy, a tennis ball.
Mika is a 4 year old Belgian Malinios. Mika was born in Budapest in 2016. Mika is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension and handler protection.
Mika is currently assigned to Deputy Jason Haskins. Deputy Haskins
has been with the K9 unit since 2006 and Mika became a member of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office in 2018.
K9 Mika loves to swim and chase chipmunks. The one thing Mika hates is having her nails trimmed.