Members of the Morris County Sheriff’s K-9 unit are now being equipped with bulletproof vests.
At a ceremony at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, located in Parsippany, NJ, the vests were officially unveiled. Police also offered a short demonstration of the criminal apprehension techniques used by the dogs in the line of duty.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Chiarolanza, the supervisor of the K-9 unit, noted that the dogs need the protective gear because they provide “immeasurable” service to the public. The dogs are often deployed to track down suspects, locate missing persons, and sniff out drugs. The highly trained dogs are able to detect the odors of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
The new vests will be used by patrol dogs asked to search for potentially dangerous suspects.
The vests are the result off a private fundraising effort. K-9 officers worked with the Capital K-9 Association, a nonprofit group operating out of Trenton, NJ, to raise the money needed to purchase the vests.
For more information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Morris Sheriff’s Dogs Get a Bulletproof Layer of Protection.”