Zero, a Honolulu Police Department canine unit member, will get a bullet-and stab-resistant vest thanks to an anonymous donor.
The Belgian Malinois will be the ninth Honolulu police dog to be custom fitted for a vest, according to a story on the Honolulu Police Department website.
“Our canines are highly trained and an invaluable asset in fighting crime and protecting the community and our officers,” said Maj. Darren Chun, commander of the Specialized Services Division, in the online story. “Providing protective vests for our canines is crucial because they face some of the same risks as our officers.”
The custom-made vests have a retail value of $1,795 to $2,234, according to Sandy Marcal, the president of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., the nonprofit organization that arranged for the donation.