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Woodstock PD’s K9 to Receive Protective Gear

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Thanks to a nonprofit organization and local fundraising efforts, the Woodstock Police Department’s working canine will receive an extra line of protection. 

Blue is a 3-year-old sable German shepherd. Born in the Czech Republic, Blue came to the United States to begin training in 2015. He is trained to assist in narcotics detection, searching for fleeing or hidden suspects, tracking scent, handler protection and apprehension. He is the third K9 to serve with the department.Woodstock Police Officer Sharon Freund works with her partner, K9 Blue, March 5. Independent Photo by Whitney Rupp

Blue and his handler, K9 Officer Sharon Freund, have been working as a team since September 2015. Freund, who has been with the department since 2013, appreciates the companionship and security Blue provides. 

“Not only does Blue make me feel safer while on duty, he is a great companion at home. He’s always got my back on and off duty,” Freund said. 

An event was held in February by Chive on Chicago that raised $1,050 to cover the cost of the donation needed to purchase a protective vest for Blue. 

Blue sits in front of the Woodstock Police station. The 3-year-old dog will receive a protective vest thanks to a fundraiser. Independent Photo by Whitney Rupp

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a non-profit located in Massachusetts that aims to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests to working K9s in law enforcement and related lines of work throughout the country. To date, they have provided more than 2,300 protective vests to working canines at a cost of more than $1.9 million. All vests are custom made for each K9 by Armor Express in Michigan.

Blue, one of an estimated 30,000 police K9s in the country, will receive his vest in the next one to two months.