The Fort Smith Police Department announced Tuesday that canines used during high risk operations, will now be protected by the use of a ballistic vest. The vest was purchased for the department by a Jacki Corley of Fort Smith. Found out that, due to budget constraints, these dogs did not wear the vests, which cost $900 to $1000 each. The department simply did not have the funding to supply vests to canines and all available funding was utilized to provide vests for officers.
Corley coordinated with the direct supervisor of the K-9 Unit, Sergeant Brian Rice, and arranged to buy one ballistic vest fitted for canines at her own expense. The vest came in on Monday and will be put to immediate use, according to the department.
"These canines need the protection, and we need to take care of the people that take care of us," Corley told the Fort Smith police department.