Joseph Solomon, Chief of Police
Quinn Public Safety Building
90 Hampshire St.
Methuen, MA 01844
For Immediate Release
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Methuen Police K-9 Duke Receives Donated Ballistic Vest and Medical Kit
METHUEN – Chief Joseph Solomon and the Methuen Police Department are pleased to announce that Officer Matthew Meuskes and K-9 Duke received a donated ballistic vest and emergency K-9 first aid kit from Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog last week.
Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog aims to ensure that every Massachusetts K-9 has a bulletproof vest, which can range from $1,006 to $2,400, in order to protect them against blunt force trauma if they are kicked, punched or struck with an object.
“We are grateful that this organization has so generously donated a K-9 bulletproof vest to Duke,” Chief Solomon said. “Too often people forget that these K-9’s are trained to give up their lives in order to protect their community just like human officers, so we are glad to see that he now has the protection that he deserves.”
Duke’s new vest is made of the same ballistic material as a human officer’s vest and weighs approximately six pounds. K-9 vests are not worn like a uniform and are only used as needed when there is an increased danger level.
For more information about Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog, visit their website.