COVINGTON -- The Porterdale Police Department's K-9 cop is looking to get fitted for a new bulletproof jacket this fall. A full-service police dog, handler Jason Cripps thinks his partner deserves the protection.
Nina is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois and a full-fledged officer of the PPD.
An organization known as Project Paws Alive, a non-profit out of Grayson, is working to provide fundraising necessary to purchase the vest. The organization raises funds for law enforcement and first responder agencies throughout the Southeast and relies solely on donations and sponsors to provide the lifesaving equipment most agencies cannot afford.
It is estimated that Nina's new vest will cost approximately $1,000.
"Most officers vests are standard cut and cost about $500 to $700 each ... the cost of a canine vest is higher because it has to be special fitted for each dog," explained PPD Public Information Officer Doug Clifton.
According to a press release from Project Paws Alive, the vests are designed so that the police dogs can wear them the entire time that they are working with their assigned handlers.
"They offer outstanding ballistic protection with ease of movement, breathe-ability and cooling comfort in a rigorously field-tested vest," the release states.
The vests donated by Project Paws Alive meet current National Institute of Justice ballistic regulations.
"These vests help protect the K-9s from gun shots, stabbings and other blunt force trauma such as being kicked, punched or beaten with a weapon or other dangerous object while on duty," the press release states. "These protective vests are a vital piece of equipment to protect law enforcement K-9s."
The PPD asks anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause to send checks made out to Project Paws Alive to 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017.