Donation means bulletproof vest for Glendale Heights police dog

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A west suburban police dog will have a little more protection as he performs his duties, thanks to the donation of a canine bulletproof vest made possible by a nonprofit group and a local dog obedience school.

Orkan is a 2-year-old, 82-pound German shepherd who has been with the Glendale Heights Police Department for about a year, Deputy Chief Steve Ewoldt said.

The K9 performs narcotics detection and tracking, and helps with handler protection, he said.

Orkan’s new protective vest was given to him through Vested Interest in K9s, a Massachusetts-based charity.

The organization has provided more than 1,500 bullet- and stab-proof vests to law enforcement dogs across the country since it was founded in 2009, according to its website.

Lincolnwood Training Club, a Glenview-based obedience club for German shepherds, donated $950 toward the cost of the vest, according to the police department.

The vest has a five-year warranty, and provides potentially lifesaving protection for Orkan, Ewoldt said.

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