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Local K-9 Officers Now Wearing Protective Vests

May 20, 2015 09:29 PM

Seven K-9 officers in the Northland now are wearing custom-fit protective vests.

The media was invited to see the vests on the officers on Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Chad Nagorski said that the vests are bullet and stab protective, and similar to the ones that the human officers wear. 

"We are very grateful to Vested Interest for making this possible. Because of budget limits, we can't always afford to buy equipment like this," Nagorski said. "Sometimes the K9s are in more danger than us, since they are the closest to the suspect sometimes."

The vests arrived within the past couple of months. The K-9s won't wear them every single shift. It's dependent on what mission they are on.

Nagorski said they had some hand-me down vests before, but they didn't fit right and were very heavy.

Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. is located in Massachusetts. It's their mission to provide protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement. 

Each vest costs $950. And various foundations provided the money for the Northland vests.


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