Police dogs in Detroit are getting a safety boost with the help of a donor. The police department’s K-9 unit will be fitted with five new bullet-resistant dog vests, says the Detroit News. The dogs and their vests will be displayed for the press and public today at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.
The vests were donated to the department by Strategic Staffing Solutions, a global firm based in Detroit, through the Detroit Public Safety Foundation. Detroit’s police dogs are used to sniff out bombs and narcotics, not to apprehend criminals. Police Sgt. Michael Woody said the dogs are valuable assets that deserve protection. “These dogs are a part of our force,” Woody said. “We want to protect our four-legged (officers), as much as our two-legged ones.”