Roanoke's police K-9 unit receives new equipment

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Several members of the Roanoke Police Department received new equipment on Thursday.

Five of the department's K-9 patrol dogs have new ballistic vests, leashes and a tracking vest thanks to Spikes K-9 Fund.

The value of the donations is more than $10,000. They're lightweight and designed to be worn during the dog's entire shift.

"Our police canine's are family members. Not only to us, but also to our community. They are often deployed in dangerous circumstances and this equipment will help keep them safe while they work to keep us and our community safe," said Police Chief Tim Jones.

The vests are stab and bullet proof. They're also similar to the ones officers wear on the street.