Umass Police K9 Diezel puts his life on the line every day he’s on duty.
“Suspects that might possibly be armed with guns for knives, we also do building searches for home invasions or any other kind of burglary or robberies so they could encounter a suspect that does have a weapon,” says Diezel’s partner, K9 Officer Liana Varosky.
And many times Diezel and his k9 colleagues are the first ones into a dangerous situation and many times lack the protection they need to be safe.
“They are pretty vulnerable without the vest, they could be susceptible to any type of injury. The vest will not prevent injury completely but it gives them a better chance to avoid it, Varosky said.
Today, Diezel and four other police K9’s from other Western Massachusetts departments were outfitted with custom bullet proof vests at UMass.