DETROIT (WWJ) – Members of the Detroit Police Department’s K-9 unit are the beneficiaries of new bullet resistant vests — thanks to the generosity of one local business.

Assistant Detroit Police Chief James White was interrupted by some of his four-legged officers during Tuesday’s announcement.

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“K-9s are wonderful partners … they assist us in apprehending violent criminals -they assist narcotics, the bomb squad and detecting bombs and explosives,” said White.

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“Being able to provide them with vests is not only a big deal for the department but it certainly gives the officers a degree of comfort that their partners are protected.”

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The vests, priced at $1,000 each, were made possible by a donation from Strategic Staffing Solutions — an IT and business services company based in Detroit.