KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Killeen Police Department's K9s have received lifesaving vests from a national nonprofit organization called Vested Interest in K9s.
The group, based in Massachusetts, collects money for bullet- and knife-proof vests for law enforcement K9s across the country.
"They started in 2009, and they've given over 3,400 vests to working police dogs." Killeen police K9 handler David Cole said Wednesday.
He says the nonprofit is able to purchase the vests for less than the department would have to pay for them.
The donated vests replace protective gear that didn’t always fit quite right.
The vests from Vested Interest are tailored to each dog’s specific measurements.
The vests are made up of the same material used in the bulletproof vests officers wear, but are designed to provide protection not to the back and abdomen, but to the sides of the dogs.