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Contact: Lisa Kutis, PIO
Goodyear Police Department
Office: 623-882-7663
Cell: 480-243-4723

Goodyear Police K-9 Unit to Receive Vest Donation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Goodyear Police Department’s K-9 Unit will receive a donation of a ballistic vest from the Sahuaro State Kennel ClubK9 in ballistic vest on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. This vest is used during high risk deployments and provides the same level of protection as the vests that the handlers wear. This particular vest is also designed to convert to a harness, which allows the dog to be lifted or lowered if necessary.

Goodyear K-9s are responsible for building searches, area searches, tracking, narcotics and explosives detection, as well as handler protection. In addition, Goodyear has one dog that specializes in SWAT operations. In order to be considered for a K-9 position with the Goodyear unit, officers must be with the department for at least 2 years and successfully complete the selection process. Once selected, handler and dog go through an 8-10 week in-house academy prior to being deployed full time.

This donated K-9 vest is valued at $2,500. Currently, there are 4 dog teams; this will be the second dog in the Goodyear Police unit to receive a vest. Previous dogs have had the vests and all have been donated. Attached is a photo of K9 "Buka" in the vest that was previously donated.

WHO: Goodyear Police Department K-9 Unit
WHAT: Presentation of a new K-9 vest being donated to the Goodyear Police K-9 Unit by the Sahuaro State Kennel Club
WHEN: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm.
The Arizona State Fairgrounds: McDowell Rd. /19th Ave. /Grand - Agriculture Building
Lisa Kutis 623-882-7663 or email at with any questions.


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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749