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Update: Olive Branch Police K9 Baka fully funded for new vest

Photo: K9 Baka and Olive Branch Police Sgt. White (Courtesy photo)

Credit: Keeping K-9’s in Kevlar news release

UPDATE: We have received word that K9 Baka from the Olive Branch Police Department is fully funded for a K9 Storm Kevlar vest. OBPD Sgt. White will receive the sizing kit, and the vesting process will take 6-8 weeks.


For many law enforcement departments, bullet-resistant vests for K-9s are not in the budget. Instead, they rely on nonprofit assistance to acquire the protective gear. The non-profit Keeping K-9s in Kevlar has taken up the urgent responsibility of bringing the community together and helping fund four-legged Officer K9 Baka from the Olive Branch Police Department for a bullet-resistant Kevlar vest. This is a pressing need to ensure the safety of the community, and your help is needed. The K9 Storm Kevlar vest with matching least costs Keeping K-9s in Kevlar $3,000, a savings of $783 if a Police Department were to purchase the same.

K9 Baka’s work:   K9 Baka’s impressive workday includes, but is not limited to, pursuing the most violent offenders,  taking narcotics off the streets, article searches, area searches, and building searches.  The Kevlar vests in need of funding will protect the K9s against stabbing, shrapnel, and bullets shot from common handguns.  While tracking, the vest protects against impalement, barbed wire fences, and environmental hazards. Fundraising is continuous to ensure K9 Baka is funded for a Kevlar vest.

To Donate:  Keeping K-9s in Kevlar raises community funds through the Fee-Free donation platform called Zeffy with this link:

K9 Baka will receive 100 percent of donations to fund their vests. The community will be updated on the donation link fundraising goal bar.  If donations exceed $3,000, the additional funds will roll over to the next K9, which will need assistance.  

Checks can be sent to:

Keeping K-9s in Kevlar 

3901 Airport Way

Bellingham, WA 98226

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About Keeping K-9s in Kevlar:

Keeping K-9s in Kevlar, founded in 2015, raises community funds to purchase K9 Storm Patrol SWAT Kevlar vests at no cost to the department or handler. Each vest is embroidered honoring a Fallen Officer nominated by the K9’s handler Keeping K-9s in Kevlar is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) under the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Support Foundation.  No one is paid; 100 percent of funds go to K9 needs.  All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.