Tomorrow, San Francisco's police dogs are scheduled to take a few hours off from sniffing out drugs and tracking down bad people for a work-related fashion show.
Specifically, the pups will be strutting around in their new custom-made bullet proof vests designed to better protect our local K-9s -- and their handlers -- while fighting crime.
Six of the Department's K-9s will receive one of the new vests donated by the Cover Your K-9 Fund, a nonprofit that helps keep California's police pups safe while on the job. The new vests will feature all kinds of cool technology, including infared lights with attachable cameras (for building searches), and rappel straps if they need to raise or lower a dog mid crime-fighting.
So if a cop is searching a dark building, they can attach the IR camera to the pup and use a wrist monitor to see everything the dog is seeing in real-time.
More importantly, the vests will be custom-fit, which means for the first time ever, they'll actually fit the dog, says Louise Tully, spokeswoman for the nonprofit.
The pups will receive their new equipment tomorrow at Treasure Island. This is the first time SFPD police pups have benefited from the nonprofit's generosity, which creates a tremendous savings for San Francisco: Each vest costs roughly $1,286, according to Tully.
"They are very much state-of-the-art in terms of protection for K-9s," she tells us.
In addition to the high-tech vests, the canine crime-fighters will get "stat packs" which are wallet-sized hemostatic pads that handlers use to stop their dogs from bleeding to death.
"The biggest threat to a K-9 that has been shot or injured in the field is bleeding to death," Officer Alex Jose, a former K-9 handler for the Oakland Police Department and the current chairman for the K-9 Foundation. "This K-9 stat pack is the first line of defense for a KL-0 handler to save his partner."
In any event, if you want to check out the new technology -- or check out some very cute and very tough dogs-- head down to Treasure Island at 10 a.m. Just listen for the barking.