Nando, Chickasaw Police Department's K9 "officer" recently got a new outfit that any superhero would love to own--a protective vest designed to absorb bullets and knives.
Now a permanent addition to the CPD, the Belgian Malinoes-German Shepherd mix was obtained through a national grant program. And he and his handler, Officer Lee, went to Houston, Texas to train together, said Chickasaw City Council member, Adam Bourne.
Nando's new duds came free of charge from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a non-profit organization, so that he will be protected while he is on duty.
The K9 has already proven his worth. He has helped the Police Department with drug interdiction and community outreach events, such as Drug Awareness Week at Chickasaw City Schools. And in November 2014, he "alerted" during a traffic stop, detecting marijuana and leading to an arrest and seizure of 14 pounds of the drug, Bourne said.
"We are very proud of Nando and his handler, Officer Lee. They are key parts of our police force in Chickasaw," Bourne said. To the public, he added: "If you see Nando and Officer Lee around town, be sure to let the officer know that you appreciate him, and while you are at it, tell Nando that he's a good dog!"