Following up on leads! After a pup was stabbed in the line of duty, hero police dogs were given safety vests.
After one of their officers was stabbed while on duty, hero police dogs were given protection vests.
The dogs are stationed in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and Shropshire, which is part of the West Mercia police force. They’ve been outfitted with protective gear to prevent serious injuries in the event of further attacks. The shield will be worn by all general-purpose and firearm police dogs (PDs) from now on, according to the force.
After being called to Bridgnorth, Shropshire, following complaints of a man with a knife, PD Canto, one of the force’s chiefs, was stabbed with a knife.
“If Canto had been equipped with one of these vests at the time, it could have helped protect him from the weapon and protected him from the suffering and injury it inflicted on him,” his handler PC Emma Worrall said.
“It means a lot to me to protect our force’s police dogs since I’ve seen my own dog be gravely hurt in the line of duty, so I’m excited about this step and can’t wait for them to be wearing them when responding to events.”
“As the NPCC lead for police dogs, I am thrilled that West Mercia is one of the first forces in the UK to fully equip its police dogs with safety jackets,” said Chief Constable Pippa Mills, who is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for police dogs.
“Our canines are an important part of our policing family and play a significant role in aiding front-line enforcement.”
“They are often the first to flee a possible attack, putting themselves in danger.”
“Unfortunately, we have seen how a dog’s injury in the line of duty may damage the force, so it means a lot to us that we can outfit our dogs with these protective vests to help keep them safe.”
“As the NPCC head for police dogs, one of my primary goals is to guarantee that we continue to protect our animals as much as we protect our personnel.”
This comes after Queensland police in Australia revealed the death of a beloved police dog after a cancer struggle, generating an outpouring of love.
PD Bert was a legend when it came to detecting human remains.
The dog, however, died in his home after a brief struggle with cancer.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” written by Senior Constable Adam Reid.