Jefferson County police dogs get protective vests

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – Seven police dogs in suburban St. Louis are now better protected after receiving their own bulletproof vests.

Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer says the ballistic vests, worth $950 each, were donated by the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. of Massachusetts and Armor Express, a Michigan-based maker. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to provide protective vests for police dogs.

The vests will be used for dogs on patrol. The sheriff’s office has 10 German Shepherds on the force.