Body armor donated to protect four-legged SCMPD officer

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A four-legged and furry Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officer is equipped with some new life-saving body armor.

Dooly was sporting his bullet and stab protective vest Tuesday on River Street. It was donated by non-profit Vested Interest in K9's, Incorporated and manufacturer Armor Express.

Dooley is certified in patrol work and narcotics detection. His partner, Corporal Benjamin Ferrero, says the vest provides an added level of safety during high-risk operations.

"It makes it a lot more comfortable when I do lineups with guys to go in the door and take bad people off the street. It makes me feel more secure that my partner is going to come home at night with me," said Cpl. Ferrero.

K9 vests can value anywhere between $1,000 to $2,000, but this one was free of charge.

Cpl. Ferrero has been with the department since 2011 and he and Dooly have been patrolling the streets since 2015.

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