SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The San Francisco police department has received a donation of six Kevlar bulletproof vests for its canine patrol and tactical units.
The new vests were demonstrated Wednesday at Treasure Island and have already been proven to save the lives of other K-9 dogs statewide.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Santa Clara County Ramps Up Effort With Dose Surplus
“These vests will keep our dogs alive in case they’re shot or stabbed,” said Sgt. Ron Banta of the SFPD tactical K-9 unit.
Banta along with other K-9 teams behind him accepted the vests by the non-profit police and working-dog foundation.
“They’re similar to the vests that the cops wear, but as you can see they’re a custom fit, they say police on the side. They’re readily available for us to put on the dogs whenever we feel the dogs are going into any type of dangerous situations,” Banta said.READ MORE: Stanford Medicine Launching COVID-19 Vaccine Study On Children 5 Years Old And Under
The dogs are said to be equipped to handle situations where a person is armed with a gun, where shots are fired, or to help with SWAT support.