“Casus belli” is a Latin phrase meaning “occurrence of war,” or an event that provokes war.
Police Officer Todd Mona chose the name for his canine partner, Casus, because the black German Shepherd _ who caught a murder suspect last year, among other accomplishments _ is strong and “ready for anything,” police spokesman Lt. Josh Litwin said Tuesday.
To keep the three-year-old dog safe in all he does, Casus will get a protective vest courtesy of Protectors of Animals of East Hartford and Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., Litwin said. The custom fitted body armor is on order and should arrive in 8-10 weeks, he said.
Thanking the organizations for their generosity, police Chief Scott Sansom said, “Safety is our top priority, not only for the public, but for our officers as well, which includes our K9s.”
Casus joined the department after graduating from the New Britain Police Department K-9 Academy in June, 2015. He and Mona have received multiple awards and recognition during competitions and for criminal apprehensions, Litwin said. The team won the “best obedience” award in last year’s statewide police K9 Olympics, he said.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in East Taunton, Mass. The organization’s mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs working in law enforcement and related agencies throughout the nation.