STRONGSVILLE, OH — The Strongsville Police Department’s K9 Chase is getting a bullet and stab protective vest. The vest will be embroidered with the phrase, “In loving memory of K9 Achill.” Achill was the city’s former K9 officer who died in 2016.
The vest for Chase is being sponsored by a resident of Middleburg Heights and provided by Vested Interest in K9s, a charity that provides protective vests and other assistance. to law enforcement agencies. The agency has provided more than 2,600 protective vests to K9s throughout the U.S.
To get a vest, a department needs donations totaling $1,050. The vest comes with a five-year warranty and weighs between 4 and 5 pounds. (To stay up to date on local stories, subscribe to the Patch Strongsville newsletter. As news breaks and the story develops, you will be the first to receive updates from Patch.)
Chase is a German shepherd who was imported from Slovakia. He has been part of the Strongsville Police Department for two years. He is one of two K9s in the department, the other dog being Storm. Chase’s handler is Officer Bryan Kadlec.
Chase is trained in finding narcotics. He is also trained to patrol and excels in tracking, evidence search, building searches and handler protection.
The VIK9 group offers a calendar of different K9s wearing protective vests. The calendar can be purchased here.
Photo from City of Strongsville
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Originally published September 13, 2017.