By Debbie Duncan, Vice President, Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club
Late last year, the Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club (PCOTC) was thrilled to be able to purchase a ballistic kevlar vest for one of our K-9 officers here in Portsmouth, Virginia. Prior to our club's donation, the only vests available for use were very outdated and cumbersome for the dogs, so basically there weren't any available. Through fundraisers and also dues paid by our members, we obtained the first vest, with the intent of purchasing more at a later time. With the recent national attention brought on by the loss of K-9 officers, our other five local K-9s have also been outfitted for vests. Our next project, though not dog-specific, is to purchase a bite suit for the officers for their ongoing training.
The vest was presented at the Portsmouth, VA K-9 Training Facility with many of our club members in attendance. We wanted to share some photos from the event:
Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club members who attended the presentation were treated to a demonstration and tour of the facilities
Left to right: Sgt. Crutcher, K-9 unit leader; Debbie Duncan, Vice President of PCOTC; Police Chief Dennis Mook; Officer Brian Davis, who along with his partner K-9 "Max" received the vest; and Councilwoman Elizabeth Psimas