Ithaca, N.Y. — The Ithaca Police Department’s K-9 will be protected by a ballistic vest thanks to an award from a non-profit organization.


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The non-profit, Vested Interested in K-9s, and the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club raised about $5,000 to buy bullet- and stab-proof vests for five K-9’s around the country.

“Bert” is a Czech German Shepard who makes up the IPD K-9 unit with his handler, Officer Pat Kimmich. Bert joined the Ithaca police force in June and will get to wear the vest thanks to the non-profit’s gift.

Here’s a photo of Bert with Kimmich, courtesy of the IPD:

“The other K9s that will be receiving an award will be K9 Arko of Patterson Police Department NJ, K9 Dozer of Ulster County Sheriff’s Office NY, K9 Gudy of Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office WA, and K9 Bear of Williamson County Sheriff’s Office TN,” a police press release said.

It’s unclear if the vest will make it more difficult to give Bert a belly rub.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.