Police officers use bullet proof vests — and now some police dogs will also have better protection.
A donation from the Kelowna Morningside Rotary Club has allowed RCMP to equip service dogs in the Central Okanagan with special vests to protect them from sharp objects and other unknown hazards.
“The protection vests were first acquired and donated to police canines with the Kelowna RCMP in the summer of 2017. Since that time those police service dogs have donned their protective gear, for countless calls for service to perform a multitude of tasks, including tracking criminals and VIP protection duties,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
Cst. Reg Sahay, a police dog handler, says the donation of the vests will provide their canine partners with a layer of protection against offenders who may choose to brandish sharp objects during an arrest.
“These specialized vests could also protect our dogs from unknown hazards, such as sharp branches or metal objects, which they may encounter while tracking for suspects or even missing persons in open areas or even confined spaces.”
A North American based company, designed the vests, which creates tactical canine body armour and other gear.
Each vest is custom fit to each dog.