Sharon Peters stands with Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies and their K-9s. Peters, of Grosse Pointe Shores, recently made a donation so the dogs would receive protective vests.

Sharon Peters stands with Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies and their K-9s. Peters, of Grosse Pointe Shores, recently made a donation so the dogs would receive protective vests.

Photo by Lifework Productions, provided by Macomb County Sheriff’s Office


Macomb County Sheriff K-9s receive protective vests

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published July 22, 2019

 An example of one of the vests, which is embroidered with the words, “In memory of Det. Lt. Richard J. Scott.” Scott, Peters’ father, worked for 35 years with the Roseville Police Department.

An example of one of the vests, which is embroidered with the words, “In memory of Det. Lt. Richard J. Scott.” Scott, Peters’ father, worked for 35 years with the Roseville Police Department.

Photo by Lifework Productions, provided by Macomb County Sheriff’s Office

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MACOMB COUNTY — Five Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies are suited up to take on crime thanks to a donation from two sisters.

K-9s Saber, Buster, Loki, Enzo and Radar recently received custom-made bullet and stab protection vests from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s. The vests were sponsored and paid for by Sharon Peters, of Grosse Pointe Shores, and Patty Settimo, who resides in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Each vest is embroidered with the words, “In memory of Det. Lt. Richard J. Scott,” the sisters’ late father, who worked for 35 years with the Roseville Police Department.

It’s the latest in more than 175 donations made to police departments across Michigan since Peters learned about Vested Interest in K9s in 2014. Her first vest donation was made to K-9 Duke with the Grosse Pointe Farms Police.

In addition to the protective vests, she also donates K-9 training equipment like bite suits and sleeves, booties for the dogs, cooling vests, tactical vests, and heat sensors for police vehicles.

“It depends on what the K-9 handler needs,” said Peters, adding that Settimo donates in Michigan as well as in Virginia. “A lot of what I learn is through either word of mouth or through social media. When I find out there is a new K-9, I know they will need equipment.”

Peters has also donated to departments in Hazel Park, Marysville and St. Clair Shores, and she’s planning to expand her charity outside the state to New Jersey next month.

“It’s a way to give back,” she said. “These officers and the K-9s do so much to keep communities safe.

Richard J. Scott, born and raised on a farm in Iowa, worked as a military police officer and served in the U.S. Air Force before entering law enforcement. After retiring from Roseville, Scott worked for more than a decade in security at Macomb County Circuit Court. He died of complications from prostate cancer in 2010 at 87.

In addition to aiding police departments and sheriff’s offices, Peters has also donated 63 canine oxygen masks to the Detroit Fire Department, and more than 30 oxygen masks to various fire departments across the state.

“And they get used!” she said excitedly. “It’s so heartwarming to see that’s our equipment on their trucks, and it’s saving lives.”

Vested Interest in K9s, founded in 2009 in East Taunton, Massachusetts, supplies protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Since its inception, the organization has provided more than 3,400 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 and $2,283, and a five-year warranty.  They weigh an average of 4-5 pounds.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham thanked the sisters for their generous donation.

“The safety of all of our staff is paramount, including our four-legged friends. (The vests) will keep our officers safe.”

For more information about Vested Interest in K9s, call (508) 824-6978 or visit vik9s.org.

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