The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office was founded in 1830 when Delamore Duncan was named the first Sheriff for a newly organized territory called Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo County was comprised of few farms, a lot of wooded land and two small towns called Schoolcraft and "Bronson", whose name was changed six years later to Kalamazoo. The population was a few hundred but a decade of growth saw its population quickly rise to seven thousand. In 2015 the population of Kalamazoo County is 251,000 and the county is dotted with many agricultural areas, two main Cities, Kalamazoo and Portage, and several smaller villages.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office K9 Roseco receives donation of body armor
Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office K9 Roseco has received a donation of body armor. K-9 Roseco (Ros-coe) is the 3rd active patrol K-9 of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office K-9 Team. He is a 20 month old German shepherd. His name was picked to honor fallen Wayne State University K-9 Officer Collin Rose who was a Kalamazoo Native. K-9 Roseco was purchased through a fundraiser and community support through Honor Credit Union. K-9 Roseco is partnered with Deputy Christian Harris.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office K9 Roseco has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Officer Collin Rose EOW 11/23/16”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office thanks Vested Interest for the continued support of our K-9 unit.
Learn more about the K9 Roseco vest by clicking here