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A police force will be trialling an added layer of protection as it rolls out protective vests - for its dogs.

Specialist body armour is currently being tested out by Avon and Somerset's canine firearms support unit, as well as other items of protective kit.

The force currently uses more than 20 dogs across different roles, including crowd control and public order, searching for drugs, explosives and currency, and firearms support.

Specialist body armour is currently being tested out by Avon and Somerset's canine firearms support unit (above, PD Gunnar, a dog from the team), as well as other items of protective kit
 

Specialist body armour is currently being tested out by Avon and Somerset's canine firearms support unit (above, PD Gunnar, a dog from the team), as well as other items of protective kit

Tri-force dogs inspector Shane Hawkings, from Avon and Somerset Police, said the dogs were 'highly-valued members' of the team.

He said: 'We're currently trialling different types of body armour for our Tactical Firearms Support Dogs across Tri-Force [ie police collaboration with two other counties: Gloucestershire and Wiltshire].

 

 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5629133/Police-force-tests-body-armour-tactical-firearms-support-dogs.html#ixzz5D2WUMkT9 
 

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