AURORA, Colo. -- Deuce the Aurora Police Department K-9 upholds his duty to serve and protect, soon he will get a little extra protection. The K-9 officer will be equipped with body armor, including a bullet and stab protective vest.
"It’s very important for our K-9 officers to be protected and taken care of. We appreciate the donations from those in the community," said Diana Cooley, Aurora Police Department spokeswoman.
Aurora resident and city employee, Erick Bumpass, created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the vest.
He writes, "We live in a time when on a daily basis our Men and Women in Blue and their Canine Partners are under a constant threat both foreign and domestic. I do not want to think of a society without them."
An organization called Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. also made a charitable donation.
Each vest is worth between $1,795 – $2,234 and weighs about four to five pounds. Deuce is expected to get his new gear within the next two months.