Our much-loved Queensland Police Dogs will be better protected while out catching crims and protecting the community with the rollout of new, stab-resistant protective vests.
Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Commissioner of Police Ian Stewart unveiled the dog vests in Brisbane today.
“Police Dogs serve the Queensland community selflessly and are an important frontline policing tool directly responsible for the apprehension of more than 1000 offenders every year,” Commissioner Stewart said.
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“These new vests offer a greater level of protection to such an important and valued police resource.”
Police dogs across the state will be fitted with the harnesses over the coming months, with some dogs already hitting the streets in the vests.
“The harness is stab-resistant and multi-purpose and is fitted with layered polymer panels to shield the vital organs of police dogs,” Commissioner Stewart said when describing the vests.
“The robust overall design is made from milispec nylon and material which does not absorb moisture and will provide the dogs protection from kicks and blows.”
“It weighs just over one kilogram and is designed so it will not impair agility and speed.”
Impressively, Commissioner Stewart said the harnesses also have a spot for ice packs to be inserted.
“The harnesses are designed to be worn by police dogs throughout an entire shift and also have the ability for ice packs to be inserted into the harness to aid in the cooling of the dogs, which is particularly important for Queensland’s climate.”