K-9 policing dogs provide skills and capabilities that go beyond those of a human officer. They have an extraordinary sense of smell and hearing, which is used to assist law enforcement in a variety of duties such as searching for missing persons, narcotics, explosives, human remains, crime scene evidence, lost property, and tracking criminals.
Their work can be dangerous, as they also assist in attacking suspects identified by police. If a K-9 is injured or killed in the line of duty, it’s a terrible loss for law enforcement. The agency loses a highly trained asset, and the K-9 officer loses a partner and a member of the family. To protect the lives of K-9s in the line of duty Safariland offers the re-designed Bark-9™ body armor, a tactical ballistic vest made for the modern police, SWAT or special operations canine with a contoured pattern that allows for high-speed assaults.
Modern policing requires ballistic protection for K-9s as well as their human partners. There are several ballistic package options available with the Bark-9 vest, based on Protech® Tactical NIJ-06 MR02 and XT03 Type II & IIIA ballistic armor. In addition, the K-9 can be fitted with a detachable spine extension with 2” ballistic overlap, which measures 6” by 8” at the widest point. The Bark-9 body armor has been tested by multiple police departments and is considered the top-of-the line vest for K-9s in the market.
CONTOURED FOR MOVEMENT
K-9s have to perform tasks that demand an extremely high level of mental and physical fitness. For this reason, the Bark-9 is designed with a contoured pattern for comfort and mobility, allowing the canines to run at high-speed, jump, and move swiftly in all directions.
An improved 2-piece carrier design features six straps with a buckle closure system to ensure a perfect fit. For officers and handlers, the vest has a restraint handle, two 1” D-rings for adjustable leash attachment and two hook and loop ID attachment platforms.