Image: Commissioner Stewart and Police Minister Ryan with Senior Constable Chad McLeod with PD Euko and Sergeant Sean Baxendell with PD Quinn (Supplied)
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan joined officers from the Brisbane Dog Squad today to announce the rollout of protective vests for police dogs.
The decision comes after the QPS Dog Capability Unit conducted research on stab resistant harness vests for police dogs to offer greater protection to the important members of the police family.
The chosen harness was developed in New Zealand followings the success with their police dog squads.
"Police dogs across the state will be fitted with these harnesses over the coming months with some dogs already hitting the streets in the vests," QPS media stated.
"The harness is stab-resistant and multi-purpose and is fitted with layered polymer panels to shield the vital organs of police dogs."
"The robust overall design is made from milispec nylon and material which does not absorb moisture and will provide the dogs protection from kicks and blows."
The harness offers a similar level of protection as an officer has when wearing a stab resistant body armour vest.
The light-weight harnesses can be worn by the dogs throughout their whole shift and are designed to be fitted with icepacks for those hot summer days on the job.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said protective vests were an excellent addition.
“Police Dogs serve the Queensland community selflessly and are an important frontline policing tool directly responsible for the apprehension of more than 1000 offenders every year,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“These new vests afford a greater level of protection to such an important and valued police resource.”