Hawaii's K9 deputies now have some of the same protection as their human partners following the donation of five bullet and stab protective vests by non-profit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. to the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division.
As Gov. Neil Abercrombie looked on, the deputy K9s donned their custom vests in public for the first time at an unveiling held Thursday at Washington Place.
The vests will protect the K9s from bullet and stab wounds as well as blunt force trauma.
When state Sheriff Deputy Frank Lacaden heard about Vested Interest in K9s donation program earlier this year, he spearheaded the effort to apply for vests for the five K9 members of the department’s teams.