Police dogs get protection from stabbings

BOND: Acting Senior Sergeant Trevor O'Neil and police dog Kaleb.
BOND: Acting Senior Sergeant Trevor O'Neil and police dog Kaleb. SAMANTHA MANCHEE

NEW protective vests for police dogs provide a level of protection similar to what a human officer gets when wearing a stab-resistant body armour vest.

Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan joined officers from the Brisbane Dog Squad yesterday to announce the Dog Capability Command had bought enough harnesses to fit all its general purpose dogs.

The unit has chosen a harness developed in New Zealand, where it has had success.

Police dogs across the state will get the harnesses over coming months, with some already on the streets in them.

The harness is stab-resistant, multi-purpose and fitted with layered polymer panels to shield the dog's vital organs from kicks and punches as well.

The harnesses can be worn through a whole shift and have spots for ice packs to help keep the dog cool in the Queensland heat.

The robust overall design is made from mil-spec nylon and material which does not absorb moisture and will provide protection from kicks and blows.

The harness weighs just over one kilogram and is designed so it will not impair agility or speed.

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