Abbotsford – The Abbotsford Police Foundation (APF) announced that it has funded a new AbbyPD initiative in support of the Abbotsford Police Department’s K9 handlers and their partners who work on the Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Service Unit (LMD IPDS) – and benefit the beloved four-legged members of our K9 unit.
The Abbotsford Police Foundation has announced funding for four lightweight armoured protection vests for the four police dogs that serve with the AbbyPD. The ‘K9 Street Fighter vest’ is used by law enforcement and Special Forces K9 teams globally.
The vests cost approximately $1,700 each so the total grant is $6,800. Abbotsford Police Foundation President Kevin Boonstra says, “We are pleased to announce funding for this important equipment.
AbbyPD Chief Constable Mike Serr notes “Police Dog Teams are highly valuable assets to policing. There are countless examples of Police Service Dogs that have saved lives, located missing kids and tracked to apprehend violent criminals evading arrest. These vests help ensure our four-legged members remain active and healthy during their service life.” Serr went on to say “while it is impossible to put a value on the dog and how it helps keep the City safe the estimated cost to breed, purchase, train and maintain a validated police dog can be upward of $80,000 per dog.