The Alexandria Police Department’s K-9 Taz will receive a bullet and stab protective vest. K-9 Taz is a 2-year old German Shepherd who was imported from Hungary. The vest is a donation from local residents Chuck and Cathy Rey and the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. The delivery of the vest is expected within eight to 10 weeks. A single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest, which has a value of $1,744-$2,283 and weighs an average of 4-5 pounds.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "K-9 Taz became a member of the APD in April 2019 and completed more than 800 hours of specialized training. He is certified in Patrol and will soon be certified in narcotics detection. He is assigned to Officer Kyle Russel. Officer Russel and K-9 Taz are also assigned to the Special Operation Team as a K-9 element."
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Vested Interest in K-9s, established in 2009, provides bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s has provided over 3,917 vests to K-9s in all 50 states."