Porterdale K-9 cop needs a bulletproof vest

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.


Newtownqq 3 years, 1 month ago

This is a heart warming story that man's best friend is helping in fighting crime! I am just curious that if the dog was leased as stated in Jan 16.2012 Citizen why was this vest not planed from the start? I would say yes spend the $1000, buy the vest, but really this was poor planning in my eyes we leased a dog with no funding for a vest!!! Does Porterdale have funds where it could use drug fines to pay for the vest? It seems government once again has proven its intelegence. and acts after the fact!


Kornbred 3 years, 1 month ago

Well sir(or madam), I'm sure there's a good reason why they didn't spend the taxpayer's money right off the bat, since the dog was still in training and the vest is measured specifically for that dog. What if the dog failed training or something terrible happened? Anyway, irrespective of all of that, I find it quit ironic that YOU have the gall to accuse ANYONE else of being of less intelligence when YOU CAN'T EVEN SPELL THE WORD CORRECTLY ?!?! "intelegence"


Project_Paws_Alive 3 years, 1 month ago

Project Paws Alive (http://projectpawsalive.org) would like to let everyone know that all donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible. Donations may also be made directly online at our secure website at http://projectpawsalive.org/donate. We are also selling K-9 Hero Dogs and all proceeds are going toward K-9 Nina's vest. These make great gifts for both children & adults and can be purchased on our website http://projectpawsalive.org/k-9-heroes-fundraiser.


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