Protecting Portsmouth's K9 police officers: Department shows off new protective vests

For Immediate Release: 02.08.23

The Portsmouth Police Department has new gear to protect its K9 officers.

The gift of new ballistic vests for the dogs comes from the Breeden Company, a real estate developer, which is headquartered in Virginia Beach. A spokesperson for the company says the owner, Ramon Breeden, Jr. is an avid supporter of animals.

“We know the dogs are going to work every day protected, so it means a lot to us,” said Christine Gustafson.

Breeden has pledged $20,000 to each of the following police departments: Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Norfolk to be used for K9 gear.

The vests are custom-made to fit each dog.

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