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Police K-9s get extra protection from new bulletproof vests

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 11 2013 10:18:32 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 11 2013 10:27:36 PM CST
ORLAND, Calif. -

In police departments, K-9 units are designed to fight crime and protect the community.  But the four-legged officers need protection too

Two K-9s in Oroville and one in Orland named Ruger, recently received new protective vests to ward off bullets and knives.

The vests cost $950 each and were provided by Vested Interest in K-9s, a non-profit group in Massachusetts.

The expense is well worth it.  Not just to protect the K-9, but to protect the monetary investment that goes into Ruger and others like him. 

He works alongside Officer Grant Carmon in the Orland Police Department.

“His bullet-proof vest has the same stopping capabilities as the vests that I wear,” said Carmon. “We just recently got it.  So I've been working with him.  After I put it on him we go play and have fun, so he associates the vest with having a good time.” 

Fundraising efforts provide the vests and all of the expenses of caring for K-9s like shots, vet bills, food and training.