Apr 10, 2013 7:18 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi Police Department provides bulletproof vests for the men and women on the force, but there are officers who are sometimes left unprotected. That is until now. Today, the department showed off vests issued to K9 officers.
"I certainly am a lover of police officers, and these are police officers, make no mistake about it," says Chief Floyd Simpson.
He's talking about Indy and Kimbo, the K9 officers who joined the force in January 2012. They're used to track down wanted criminals and to find narcotics.
Sr. Officer Jason Lavastida says his partner Indy probably has a better vest than he wears himself. "If he's got to go into a building where there may be an armed subject, then sure it definitely puts me a little more at ease."
While this new equipment could potentially save the life of a four legged police officer someday it also protects the investment the city has made in keeping Corpus Christi safe.
Each dog initially cost about $13,000, including training.
The vests were paid for from a $10,000 donation made by HEB and Citizens in Support of CCPD.