We always want our local law enforcement officers to have the right equipment in order to stay safe, so why wouldn't our K9 officers have the same protections? Recently Cannon, Faribault's K9 Officer, received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Major, Roseville, MN Police Department”.

There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. Since its inception in 2009, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.

The protective vest 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.

In a Facebook post on the Faribault Police Department's page stated that "K9 Cannon and his handler, Officer Adam Marvin, hit the streets of Faribault in June of 2017. They have completed both basic canine and narcotics detection training through the St. Paul Police Department. The generous support of Faribault residents, businesses and other supporters helped fund the purchase of K9 Cannon."