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Sierra Vista K-9 now wearing vests
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tina Moore, Public Information Officer, City of Sierra Vista

Posted on 04/07/2014 3:51:29 PM PDT by SandRat



Mark.Levy@svherald.com Sierra Vista Police Department Corp. Mike Mitchell stands with his Belgium Malinois “Bones” during Thursday’s brief ceremony at the station. Bones’s new protective vest was made possible by a donation from a Tucson resident.


SIERRA VISTA — Sierra Vista K-9 Officers Bones and Izzy will be outfitted with life saving bullet- and stab-proof vests, complete with their own department patch, thanks to Tucson-based Protect Police K-9 (PPK-9) and a generous, anonymous Sierra Vista donor.

“Police dogs are working officers, just like their two-legged counterparts,” says Lawrence Boutte, Sierra Vista lieutenant. “They are trained to ‘serve and protect’ and will put their lives on the line while on duty. These vest will help keep them safe in the field.”

PPK-9 founder Michael Valdez started his business with a mission to help all Arizona police dogs get equipped with bullet-and-stab-proof vests after hearing about Dax, a Tucson Police K-9, who was shot while chasing a suspect. With the help of generous caring donors, PPK-9 has provided life saving vests with a price tag of $825 each to police departments throughout Arizona. For more information on this non-profit organization helping to save K-9 officers one vest at a time, visit http://www.protectpolicek-9.com/.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: arizona; confrontationwatch; donutwatch; feos; k9; safety

1 posted on 04/07/2014 3:51:29 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: Joe 6-pack

ping


2 posted on 04/07/2014 3:52:04 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

A great idea to protect working police dogs with vests, and the generosity of those that bought them will get them into heaven a few days earlier when they get to the pearly gates. Beautiful dog; not with the muzzle on though. The muzzle is definitely not photogenic.


3 posted on 04/07/2014 3:58:11 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: SandRat

Doggie Safety!!!OOO-Rah!

These Brave canines save so many officers lives from Bad Guys. How wonderful that these doggies are protected.


4 posted on 04/07/2014 3:58:28 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: flaglady47

why the muzzle?


5 posted on 04/07/2014 3:59:13 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: SandRat

AFAICT, no popo K-9 has shot a civilian K-9, yet.


6 posted on 04/07/2014 3:59:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

For the Presswes Safety.


7 posted on 04/07/2014 4:00:43 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

I LOVE dogs, yet I hate this tendency to festoon all cops and cop critters in all manner of nomex tactical gear —it signals an eagerness to use force.

Every year that passes the cops have more kook gear, and there are more innocent people having their homes invaded with innocent deaths.

Our forefathers wouldn’t have approved of any of this.

Plenty of cops are good but that guy and dog gussied up with that look like they would have gladly have worked for King George III.

“If we change the way we live, the TERRORISTS WIN” —remember when they used to say that?


8 posted on 04/07/2014 4:02:43 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

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9 posted on 04/07/2014 4:03:12 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: gaijin
"...but that guy and dog gussied up with that look like they would have gladly have worked for King George III."

King George probably would have insisted on polished boots...

10 posted on 04/07/2014 4:05:09 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: gaijin
...and there are more innocent people having their homes invaded with innocent deaths.

Been there, done that. Rover couldn't tell the difference between cats and weed. Outlaw sniffer dogs NOW.

11 posted on 04/07/2014 4:09:19 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SandRat

Can just a plain old civilian dog obtain and wear such equipment ?


12 posted on 04/07/2014 4:10:20 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: gaijin

Out of curiousity....what gear is that officer wearing that you do not approve of?


13 posted on 04/07/2014 4:11:05 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I am the Tea Party bully who took Mitch McConnell's milk money.)
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To: al baby

If he has VISA card to pay for it at the Cop Store. lol


14 posted on 04/07/2014 4:12:52 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
what parts of his gear don't you like?"

1. Military-style drop-holster

2. Vest on outside of smock

3. Stabber on outside of vest

4. Shaved head

Here is the geardo acquisition/use danger vortex:

1. We'll get it for JUST IN CASE

2. Hey we have this exotic thing just SITTING AROUND --why not put it to USE..?

So things go around like that in a circle about 100 times --pretty soon you have an occupied city with the cops very proud they don't know any of the people they "are protecting".

Equipment is driving patrol choices and no adults are in charge.

In a sick way many cops are secretly thrilled by public revulsion of their high-speed gear --it authenticates their "cop experience".

There are many good, intelligent citizens who could act as street sources, but see this evolution and then decide to simply sit on their hands. And on their information.

15 posted on 04/07/2014 4:20:56 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

AH! I missed one device:

The black rectangular box covering the sternum portion of his vest is an EVIDENCE VIDEO CAMERA.

Fine —it prevents false allegations against the officer. Great.

WHY then do cops almost automatically arrest those filming THEM...?

And WHY does he even have the option of turning OFF his camera? I mean —to quote cops— he has nothing to hide, right?


16 posted on 04/07/2014 4:24:11 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: who knows what evil?
"Rover couldn't tell the difference between cats and weed"

My dog alerts on the odor essence anything that she knows to move (Deer, Squirrels, Geese, Ducks, Ground Hogs, bunnies, Skunks, Chipmunks, Cats, Dogs, etc), also on dog treats and people carrying same.

Not sure about MJ and worse.

17 posted on 04/07/2014 4:25:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: who knows what evil?
"Rover couldn't tell the difference between cats and weed"

My dog alerts on the odor essence of anything that she knows to move (Deer, Squirrels, Geese, Ducks, Ground Hogs, bunnies, Skunks, Chipmunks, Cats, Dogs, etc), also on dog treats and people carrying same.

Not sure about MJ and worse.

18 posted on 04/07/2014 4:25:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SandRat
“Police dogs are working officers, just like their two-legged counterparts,” says Lawrence Boutte, Sierra Vista lieutenant.

This is pure crap legalism. A dog is an animal used as an instrument - it is NOT an "officer."

The same cops who get all weepy over a scratch on their "officer dogs" as they send them to go after your throat, will blow YOUR dog into a fine red mist and then train multiple firearms on you and dare you to twitch if you react to their cold-blooded and completely uneccesary murder of your beloved pet.

And that's just a damn fact, and EVERYONE knows it.

19 posted on 04/07/2014 4:27:47 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SandRat
Got it. Kevlar vests for police K-9s because the stupid cops keep shooting dogs. Next we're going to have to arm the K-9s so they can shoot back at these idiots with guns in uniform.
20 posted on 04/07/2014 4:48:35 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Talisker

You’re talking like a Bad Guy? /s


21 posted on 04/07/2014 4:50:53 PM PDT by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: al baby
Can just a plain old civilian dog obtain and wear such equipment ?

It would probably be a felony of some sort.

22 posted on 04/07/2014 5:02:59 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: gaijin; TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
Tacticool: it makes you look like a REAL sojer.

Where's his sunglasses? ;-)

23 posted on 04/07/2014 5:06:52 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Talisker

“Police dogs are working officers, just like their two-legged counterparts,”

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

However, one can trust a dog.
A dog won’t shoot your dog.
A dog won’t lie to the court.
A dog won’t plant evidence.
A dog won’t collaborate with and cover up for crooked dogs.
A dog won’t harass your for taking it’s picture.


24 posted on 04/07/2014 5:08:55 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Talisker
A dog is an animal used as an instrument - it is NOT an "officer."

Actually, police dogs are technically "officer/judges".

They can give their police handlers a warrant to search your vehicle.

25 posted on 04/07/2014 5:09:43 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: TauntedTiger
You’re talking like a Bad Guy? /s

That depends on what the definition of "bad," is.

26 posted on 04/07/2014 5:10:12 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SandRat

Why do so many cops shave their heads?


27 posted on 04/07/2014 5:12:27 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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To: kiryandil
Actually, police dogs are technically "officer/judges". They can give their police handlers a warrant to search your vehicle.

That's why I called it "pure crap legalism." Dogs are merely a tool, which give an animal level of information. In order to raise up the threshold of that information to the realm of evidence, and absolve the cops from being questioned as to their interpretation of that evidence, police dogs were made - shazam - into cops.

It's pure magical thinking legalism. And it's done through the incorpration of the dog. Anyone realize that? That the damn dog is INCORPORATED in order to be considered an "officer?"

I said it before, and I'll say it again - Leftists study corporate law, conservatives don't. As a result, Leftists know how to use corporate presumption against people - and conservatives don't know how to defend themselves from it.

And that, quite frankly, is the End of America if it is allowed to continue to its conclusion.

28 posted on 04/07/2014 5:17:11 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker
police dogs were made - shazam - into cops.

Could you imagine this bunch trying to run that "magical thinking legalism" past any one of the Founding Fathers?

There would have been beatings...

29 posted on 04/07/2014 5:43:42 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: who knows what evil?

They are most likely trained to trigger a hit
on anything out of the ordinary or a signal from the handler. That way the cops have a reason to search, legitimate or not.


30 posted on 04/07/2014 5:44:09 PM PDT by Principle Over Politics ("Man is not free unless government is limited" Ronald Reagan)
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To: Talisker
Today's multitudes of overpaid law enforcement officers remind me of a certain phrase:

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

31 posted on 04/07/2014 5:46:51 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: SandRat

There is now no reason for a criminal, or for that matter a citizen protecting himself from an unconstitutional “no-knock” raid by these jackbooted thugs, to shoot any cop in the chest. It must be assumed they are wearing armor. Therefore, the only legitimate target is the head or groin.


32 posted on 04/07/2014 8:00:14 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: Talisker
This is pure crap legalism. A dog is an animal used as an instrument - it is NOT an "officer." The same cops who get all weepy over a scratch on their "officer dogs" as they send them to go after your throat, will blow YOUR dog into a fine red mist and then train multiple firearms on you and dare you to twitch if you react to their cold-blooded and completely uneccesary murder of your beloved pet. And that's just a damn fact, and EVERYONE knows it.

EXACTLY RIGHT.

33 posted on 04/07/2014 8:02:01 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: kiryandil
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

Willing to bet 85% of Americans cannot identify the document that phrase comes from. The percentage is somewhat lower here on FR.

34 posted on 04/07/2014 8:03:48 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: Mr Rogers
Why do so many cops shave their heads?

It is part of the "tough guy", jackbooted thug look. Goes with their attitudes.

35 posted on 04/07/2014 8:04:49 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie; flaglady47; SandRat

http://tinyurl.com/oyw9lw5

Bruno, the police dog who was shot in the face by an armed suspect more than two weeks ago, continued to show signs of improvement Friday after emergency surgery for a condition called gastric bloat earlier in the week, officials said.

“The surgery was a set back,” said Officer R.J. Young, his handler, on Thursday evening. “But he’s coming back from it pretty well.”

Animal hospital officials said Bruno can drink and eat “little bites” out of a dish – though he was still receiving oxygen and fluid intravenously.

“You would have never believed Bruno had bloat surgery less than two days ago,” Yorba Regional Animal Hospital’s Steve Dunbar posted on its Facebook page Thursday night. “He is healing at an amazing rate.”

Bloat occurs when too much air fills the stomach, making it difficult to breath.

“He’s got to learn to eat and drink again,” Young said.

The city on Thursday shared video footage of Young’s visit with Bruno on Monday, before the emergency surgery. Click on the clips to view.


36 posted on 04/07/2014 8:21:20 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: gaijin

Outer vest carriers are way more comfy and allow you to take gear off the belt and put it in your torso which saves your back for retirement.

I personally do not like droplet holsters at all....in some circumstances they are necessary however....but I hate em myself.

Shaved head? Not for me....no man should want to shave his head if he can have hair. However....lots of the kids nowadays are doing jiu Jistsu and any amount of hair that is long enough to grab is problematicf he makes you wrastle him.

Knife? I hate extra gear onboard (see back health comment above) but others like it.

I agree on some of your gear views as it applies to people loving new toys. I prefer scaled down equipment.....duty gun backup gun two spare mags and two sets of cuffs.

I refuse to relent on loving an outer vest carrier.....I want my back healthy for golf and broads when I retire.


37 posted on 04/07/2014 8:27:44 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I am the Tea Party bully who took Mitch McConnell's milk money.)
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To: gaijin

Location of dept. Should not be discounted as I think this fella is in CA and the outer vest carrier is nice in a hot climate.


38 posted on 04/07/2014 8:29:21 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I am the Tea Party bully who took Mitch McConnell's milk money.)
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To: SandRat

Just a quick reminder to readers. The life of a police dog is more important to them than the life of your average citizen. Your dogs, on the other hand are excellent for target practice.


39 posted on 04/07/2014 10:38:01 PM PDT by zeugma (Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss (I'll see you again someday Hope))
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To: SandRat

Waste of money. they should just use Pit Bulls so that if they get shot, nobody will care. (sarc)


40 posted on 04/07/2014 11:35:33 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

Part of the issue of all this tacticool stuff is that how you choose to present yourself determines who you are. And far too many cops now cultivate the Mabry SEAL bad ass look. Then surprise surprise they act like bored bouncers.

Cops need to stop trying to look like an occupying army, and return to professional looking CIVILIAN police, and act like it.

Is it really so much to as that we get a few more Andy Taylors, and a lot less Bufford T Justices and action hero wannabes?


41 posted on 04/08/2014 11:16:20 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: LevinFan

Damon autocorrect.

Mabry = Navy


42 posted on 04/08/2014 11:25:36 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: LevinFan

If somene is acting like an occupier then their sgt should put them in check.


43 posted on 04/08/2014 12:29:08 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I am the Tea Party bully who took Mitch McConnell's milk money.)
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To: LevinFan

As far as the officer in this article is concerned...he is a k9 handlermwho has tk climb and hop fences and buildings and crawl under houses and run through sticker bushes..he isnt going to be wearing wool pants and wearing a dress uniform.

He is going t ok be wearing a jump suit for sure.

What I see on his uniform is a remote control to pop open the back door of his patrol car to let his partner out, 810, a lapel panda on personal video camera that everybody seems to think police officer should be wearing and some nick nax


44 posted on 04/08/2014 12:33:17 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I am the Tea Party bully who took Mitch McConnell's milk money.)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

“If somene is acting like an occupier then their sgt should put them in check.”

Problem is that either the department controls that crap right from the start, or embraces it. This kind of crap is usually department based. There was an article I read a few months ago, here I think.

Two police department recruiting videos. One had civilian style tailored uniforms, talk of community and service, and the only gun you saw was in a traditional belt holster.
The other video, was all slapping magazines into weapons, pumping a round into a shotgun, strapping up armor, and every other bad ass thing you could think of. It was enough to give a SEAL a hard on.
Only a fool would not know what that would appeal to, every high school bully and thrill seeker in the area. And from the outside looking in, that is replacing the peace officer mentality of the first town.
We don’t see a lot of departments going from Rambo crazy assholes to Maybarry, but more and more Maybarries are turning into thug departments. A lot of former cops here comment on it.

LE needs to take a step back and look from the outside as two what image and attitude they are showing. A cop said it best to another cop who saw no issues.
“When a lot of people were actively listening to and rooting for that Dorner nut, that’s a sign that maybe we need to step back and see what we are doing wrong.”
He at least got it that to the general public, he no longer looked like a hero simply for being a cop.


45 posted on 04/08/2014 2:22:33 PM PDT by LevinFan
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To: LevinFan

There are plenty of retards getting hired who cannot or do not know how to talk to the general public.

I was in sales for years before I got this job so I have no problem talking to folks.....good folks and dirtbags.

I would caution you however to take what you see in the news and on YouTube for what it is.....sensationalism designed to elicit emotional responses within us so as to generate sales of whatever product that media outlet is selling or to oush an agenda.

I think we have WAY more problems with too many laws which is a reflection of the fact that government has way to much power and sway over our lives. It is easy to point to the police because the police are the armed and uniformed agents of the government (at least than is how they are viewed) .

I prefer to view the police as the armed extension of the public’s mutual agreement on an ordered civil society.


46 posted on 04/08/2014 4:11:32 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I am the Tea Party bully who took Mitch McConnell's milk money.)
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