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Davis County Sheriff's Department gets new K9 vests thanks to a local charity

WEST POINT, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) Nearly a dozen K-9's will be better protected while on the job thanks to a local golf organization. Tuesday the group Golf 4K9s presented the Davis County Sheriff's Department their new bullet proof vests.

WEST POINT, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) Nearly a dozen K-9's will be better protected while on the job thanks to a local golf organization. Tuesday the group Golf 4K9s presented the Davis County Sheriff's Department their new bullet proof vests.

 

Tank has been a part of Deputy Claine Hawkins life for the last three years. He’s not his pet, he's his partner. Tanks' job after sniffing out drugs and taking out bad guys is to protect Deputy Hawkins' life.

 

"If I have a bad situation and I need to send him in, I don't want him to get hurt, but if I know it's saving another officer's life that's his job,” explained Hawkins.

 

That job just got a whole lot easier thanks to the group Golf4K9s

 

Golf4K9s Ken Cromwell told ABC 4 Utah, "When I saw the vests today on these dogs I literally had chills up and down my spine because we worked so hard to be able to do this."

 

The group held a golf tournament last year that raised $8,000 dollars; enough to purchase nine K9 vests.

 

"We have five in Davis County, Davis County Sheriff's Department, three in Ogden city and one in Spanish Fork.”

         

The Davis County Sheriff couldn't be happier with the donations.

 

“It makes it so our dogs can be safer and therefore the safety of our deputies out on the road has increased,” said Sheriff Todd Richardson.

 

To get a real idea of what these dogs do day in and day out the Davis County Sheriff's department suggested I put on bite armor and take on 13-month old "Chopper." It’s not something I would want to come face to face with without some armor, and that's exactly what the Davis County Sheriff's Department wants criminals to think as well.

 

Sheriff Richardson said, "Obviously when we pull the dog out it's either you're going to be dealing with the dog and many times people would rather deal with the deputy than the dog."

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