New bullet-proof vests for Tri-County K9 units, thanks to fundraising efforts

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In just three months, the Tri-county community came together to raise $12,000, funding 12 ballistic vests for K9 units in various Lowcountry law enforcement agencies.

On Thursday, former officer Allen Hall made the presentation inside the Charleston County Sheriff's Office following an April golf fundraiser and donation drive with the help of more than 30 sponsors.

Hall said the effort was to express the community's appreciation for the area's four-legged officers, meeting a "unmet need."

He also spoke of highlighting their value in public safety.

"They're often the first ones in," he said.

Recipients included the Charleston and Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, and police departments in Hanahan, North Charleston, and Summerville.

The vests are bullet and stab proof, and offer a custom fit.

Due to the Lowcountry humidity, K9s will not wear them all day, and on a case by case basis.

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