SFPD K-9 units to receive bulletproof vests, wearable trauma kits 

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  • courtesy Police and Working K-9 Foundation
  • San Jose Police Department K-9 Rex models a bulletproof vest.
The job performed by the San Francisco Police Department's canine unit is about to become safer.

Six canine officers are expected to receive bulletproof vests and wearable trauma kits donated by the Cover Your K-9 Program, at a Treasure Island ceremony Wednesday.

The national program, facilitated by the Police and Working K-9 Foundation, aims to protect police dogs from a variety of threats by providing bulletproof vests custom-fitted for dogs, heat alarms for patrol cars, medical training and trauma kits.

The trauma kits are equipped with hemorrhage-stopping pads and other emergency medical supplies, and are intended to help handlers treat their canine partners' injuries.

"The biggest threat to a K-9 that has been shot or injured in the field is bleeding to death," said Officer Alex Jose, chairman of the Police and Working K-9 Foundation. "This K-9 stat pack is the first line of defense for a K-9 handler to save his partner."

The donated vests and trauma kits will be on display at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the barbecue area near the intersection of Avenue of the Palms and Third Street on Treasure Island.

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