Ne'er-do-wells beware, the UCF Police Department has bulletproofed its K-9 units with the addition of two tactical ballistic vests.
The K-9s, Max and Jogy, each received a custom-fitted ballistic vest from K9 Tactical Gear, according to a press release. The vests will provide protection from knife and gun attacks.
Each vest costs upwards of $1,300, according to the manufacturer's website. The gear was donated by Canine Wounded Heroes, an organization that provides protective gear to K-9 units.
Kim Kapes, a board member of CWH and the director of local animal refuge Harmony With Nature Animal Haven, helped to acquire the vests for UCFPD.
“Our K-9 officers deserve the same level of protection and care that our human officers receive,” Kapes said in a press release.
Cpl. Chuck Reising, K-9 trainer for UCFPD, said the vests are an excellent measure to ensure the safety of the department's four-legged officers.
“The vests are a great tool for our agency,” he said in the release. “The dogs are an important part of our team, and thanks to Kim and Canine Wounded Heroes, they are now better protected.”
Two more vests, also courtesy of CWH, are on order for the department's other K-9s, Samson and Justice.
Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @cameradudeman.