JPD receives grant for K9 officer

JPD receives grant for K9 officer
Patrolman Dustin Smith with K9 officer Rico (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department has received help from a non-profit group to help protect a K9 officer.

In a media release, Jonesboro police said the department’s K-9, Rico, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest from the group, Vested Interest in K9’s.

The vest is sponsored by an anonymous donor, with the vest expected to arrive in the next eight to 10 weeks.

The department has six active canine units for patrol, with two of the dogs having ballistic vests, police said.

The dog’s handler, Patrolman Dustin Smith, said the vest will not only protect but help Rico on a daily basis.

“These dogs do not know how to fail. The only way these dogs will fail, is if we do not adequately prepare them to do their job and I think having a ballistic vest better prepares them to do their job,” Smith said in a statement.

The Massachusetts-based group was created in 2009 to help provide law enforcement agencies with body armor for K-9 officers, officials said.

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