Jefferson County police dogs get free bulletproof vests

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - four-legged police officers now have armor of their own.   The Jefferson County Sheriffs Department was at summit last year and applied for a grant to receive 7 bullet proof K-9 vests. They cost just under $1000 dollars each, totaling $7,000.  They couldn't get them soon enough.

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.