Criminal Justice Organization Purchases Kevlar Vest for Camden County K-9

Members of the Criminal Justice organization present Ninja with his Kevlar vest.

Members of the Criminal Justice organization present Ninja with his Kevlar vest.

Ninja, police dog in the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, proudly bounded off the stage in his brand new Kevlar vest and showed it off to a small crowd of admirers.

Thanks to the hard work of Rutgers University–Camden’s Criminal Justice organization, Ninja will now have protection while out on patrol with Officer Sean Smith. Students who are members of the organization raised money to purchase the vest for Ninja with the help of a generous donation from the Sheehan Veterinary Centre in Camden. The project was supported by Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the country.

“It was a privilege to be able to help the Camden County Sheriff’s Department  and, more importantly, Canine Ninja to stay protected at work while keeping the residents in Camden County and other jurisdictions safe,” says Jessica McConnell, a criminal justice graduate student and treasurer of the Criminal Justice Organization.

“This initiative was important to the CJO because all of our members have aspirations to work in the field of criminal justice alongside colleagues like Officer Sean Smith and Canine Ninja, so essentially we were just looking out for one of our own. It is a true honor for such a small organization like ours to be able to make such a big impact outside of the campus community,” she says.

The mission of the Criminal Justice Organization is to mentor, develop, foster and enhance the academic, mental, moral, physical and leadership qualities of both graduate and undergraduate students in order to prepare them for a future career as leaders in the discipline and field of criminal justice.


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