A K9 officer faces the same if not greater risk than human officer as they are often sent in ahead of their human counterparts to apprehend suspects or investigate dangerous situations.
The cost of a vest can vary due to differences in quality, material, protection level, weight, etc.
We are now letting all of the officers and deputies choose which vest they
would like to protect their K9 officer.
There are currently 5 companies that we use to
provide vests to dogs in our communities.
All vests are bulletproof and stab proof. In addition, they minimize blunt trauma
injuries. In the past 10 years, bullet, stab or
blunt trauma injuries caused 60% of police dog
deaths. The manufacturer's warranty for the
vests varies but is usually 5 years. Many vests are adjustable and
can also come in various sizes.