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Beaver Township police service dog receives protective vest

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Beaver Township's four-legged police officer has a new measure of protection from the bad guys. 

Hero, the department's police service dog, is sporting a new bullet and stab resistant vest.

Hero's partner, officer Chris Albert, says the vest will provide protection to the dog during dangerous encounters while performing his duties.

The price tag for the specially tailored protective vest is $950.00.  Officer Albert obtained funding for the vest from a grant provided by Vested Interest in K9's, Incorporated. Vested Interest is non-profit group that outfits police service dogs with protective vests. 

Hero is a 3 year old German Shepherd certified in narcotic detection, article searches, area searches, building searches, tracking, handler protection, and criminal apprehension.

Hero and officer Albert  have been partners since October of 2012.

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