A police K9 in Connecticut is showing off his new protective vest.
K-9 Casus Belli from the East Hartford Police Department received a bullet and stab protective vest from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The vest, which costs about $950, was sponsored by Protectors of Animals of East Hartford and embroidered with the saying “this gift of protection provided by Protectors of Animals."
The vest is expected to be delivered to the East Hartford Police Department within eight to 10 weeks.
East Hartford police Chief Scott Sansom thanked Protectors of Animals of East Hartford and Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for the vest.
“Safety is our top priority, not only for the public, but for our officers as well, which includes our K-9s," Sansom said in a statement on Tuesday.
K-9 Casus Belli has been with the East Hartford Police Department Patrol Division since June 2015. He graduated from the New Britain Police Department K-9 Academy that same year.
Veteran handler Officer Todd Mona and K-9 Casus Belli have "received multiple awards and recognition for success during K-9 competitions and for criminal apprehensions," police said.
The Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., which is based in East Taunton, MA. and started in 2009, helps dogs working with law enforcement and other related agencies get these vests. The nonprofit has provided more than 2,600 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.
For more information about providing other police K9s with vests, click here.
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