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Region 8 K9 officer granted bullet and stab proof vest

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

It might sound odd but a Region 8 police officer just got her first bullet proof vest.

That's because Tasha is a K9 officer at the Randolph County Sheriff's Department.

Thanks to a grant through the non-profit company Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., Tasha will now be safer while on the job.

Her handler, Deputy Allen Webb told Region 8 News that the group approached him about outfitting Tasha.

He said because their small department can't fund such a large expense, they were more than happy to get the ball rolling on getting Tasha vested.

"If we go into a dangerous situation, which we have numerous times, not only am I worried about me, my partners, the other officers, I'm worried about her," Deputy Webb said. "To send her somewhere she would get harmed and me doing that on purpose...that's a big fear."

Because Tasha is a dual purpose K9 officer, meaning she can serve as a drug dog and also track and apprehend suspects, her vest is both bullet and stab proof.


Webb said if it weren't for Vested Interest in K9s, it would have cost the department roughly $2,500 to get a vest for Tasha.

For more information about Vested Interest in K9s and how they outfit K9 officers, head to their website.

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