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Police K-9 units get extra protection with bulletproof vests
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
They say a dog is a man's best friend, and sometimes, a vital police partner. Police officers catch criminals, help keep the peace and rely on trusted partners to help them to do it.
"He's kind of like my friend. He stays with me all the time," Officer Jay Revia said of his dog, Hutch.
The German shepherd's been a part of the Beaumont Police family for nearly four years.
"I bring him to work so he stays with me at work and then I bring him home and he stays with me at my house. He's part of the family," Revia said.
The duo work together to catch criminals.
"We rely heavily on the canines, especially when they're deployed to do a track. We obviously don't have the scent capabilities that a dog does so we're basically following the dog," Revia said. "He tells us where we go so we havee that trust through training and through successes in training, that way we know that we're following him and we're gonna find the guy."
Canines like Hutch risk their lives every day sniffing out robbers, burglars, narcotics and missing persons or bodies. Most days the dogs keep the community safe, but Wednesday the community returned the favor.
The Beaumont Kennel Club and The German Shepherd Club donated training equipment worth more than $1,000 and three bulletproof body armor vests for the dogs in the Beaumont Police K-9 Unit. Each vest cost at least $700, but it's a cost worth protecting a member of the team.
Officer Danny Valdez and his dog Joery are two of those team members. They've been together since 2008.
"He also tracks robbery suspects, theft suspects, you know any type of suspects that run from officers. He is capable of tracking individuals like that," Valdez said.
They are dangerous situations for officers and their trusted partners that thanks to donations, will now be a little bit safer.