Dogs with the Morris County Sheriff’s K-9 unit will now be equipped with bulletproof vests to protect against armed suspects.
Police held a ceremony at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, located in Parsippany, NJ, to officially unveil the new vests. At the venue, police also offered a demonstration of the criminal apprehension techniques used by the dogs.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Chiarolanza, the supervisor of the K-9 unit, declared that the dogs need the protective gear because they provide “immeasurable” service to the public. The dogs are used to track down suspects, find missing persons, and locate drugs. The dogs are actually trained to detect the odors of certain drugs, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methampetamines.
The new vests will be used by patrol dogs tasked with locating potentially dangerous suspects.
Officers with the K-9 unit raised funds for the vests by working with the Capital K-9 Association, a nonprofit group operating out of Trenton, NJ and dedicated to providing police dogs with protective gear.
To learn more, read the NJ.com article entitled “Morris Sheriff’s Dogs Get a Bulletproof Layer of Protection.”
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