City K-9 officers don donated vests
|Westland Ofc. Odin|
Canine officers Odin and Rio of the Westland Police Department K9 unit will receive bullet and stab protective vests funded by a donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The vests for the German shepherd officers are being funded by Sharon Peters of Grosse Pointe Shores, and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of Det. Lt. Richard J. Scott." Delivery of the safety equipment is expected within 6 to 8 weeks, officials said.
|Westland Ofc. Rio|
Prior to certification with NAPCH and K-9 ATF, the dogs are required to complete a four-month training academy with their human partners and the teams are required to pass an extensive certification course.
The canine teams continue to train weekly including life-like scenarios that officers may come across while on patrol, according to the Westland Police Department.
Purchase of the dogs and their training was approved by members of the Westland City Council last year at a cost not to exceed $25,200.
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