The Jefferson County Sheriffs Department have nine police dogs. Seven utility dogs that are trained to be aggressive and two blood hound dogs to search. The department had four vests before applying for a grant last year. The four vests are 15 years old and have a 5 year shelf life.
The department was awarded the grant for seven new vests from a Massachusetts non-profit organization called Vested Interest for K9`s. They couldnt get here soon enough with the anticipating unrest in Ferguson.
The vests are ballistic and can stop bullets or from someone trying to stab the animal. The problem with the old vests is that they`re too long. The dogs can`t sit or move around easily.