Hillsboro’s K-9’s Billy and Timber will wear body armor after donation from Massachusetts nonprofit
Less than a month after a Hillsboro police dog received a bullet-proof vest from a New England nonprofit, a second member of the city’s K-9 team will get one as well.
Billy, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been with the Hillsboro Police Department for two years. The dog was purchased from a breeder in the Netherlands by the city and the Portland Police Bureau.
Police dogs are often used in dangerous confrontations with suspects, but Billy has not had a protective body armor until now.
The vest is expected to arrive in the new two or three months, according to Hillsboro Police Department spokesman Henry Reimann. The vest will help protect against bullet and knife strikes.
The vest was provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that works with police departments across the country to equip police dogs with body armor.
In late September, Vested Interest provided another Hillsboro police dog, Timber, with similar body armor.
Hillsboro has lost police dogs in the line of duty before. The city’s largest dog park is named in memory of Hondo, a police dog who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1997 during an altercation with a suspect. In 2014, Portland police dog, Mick, was shot and killed while trying to stop a gunman armed with an AR-15 rifle.
Billy’s vest will bear the phrase: “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department.”