Four-legged police officers just got a whole lot safer in Philadelphia.
For the first time in years, each of the 23 patrol and scent-trained K-9 dogs will have its own body armor. The armor will include bulletproof vests and puncture-proof body protection.
The police department was able to get the armor thanks to a $22,000 donation from Joanne Berwind.
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"The Philadelphia Police Foundation is grateful to Joanne Berwind for her generosity and concern for the safety of the K-9 Unit’s four-footed police officers," Maureen Rush, the Police Foundation's board president, said.
Rush will present the armor to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross and Capt. Mark Everitt, the K-9 Unit's commanding officer.