Protective K-9 vests donated to Hawaii sheriffs

Some of Hawaii’s finest received a big donation Thursday.

But these deputies are the four-legged kind.

The non-profit organization Vested Interest in K-9s donated five bulletproof and stab proof vests to the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division.

The vests will protect the K-9s from bullet and stab wounds, as well as blunt force trauma.

“The dogs and their activities and their focus and their success is only as good as the training that they get, and the trainers and the keepers that they have,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said.

“It gives us a peace of mind that when we’re looking for someone and we’re sending our dogs in. That we know that he’s protected, so that we can fully concentrate on what we need to do, so we can take care of the situation,” Sheriff Deputy Frank Lacaden said.

Each vest is worth $950.

Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest has provided more than $400,000 worth of protective vests to 437 law enforcement dogs in 36 states.

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