BRICK - The four-legged members of the Brick police force are are receiving some extra protection as they serve their community.

Duke, a 2-year-old German shepard and two other K-9 officers have been given more advanced protective vests. 

They are lighter than their old ones, which is safer in the heat. In addition to being bulletproof,  the new version is also stab-proof.

"They are co-workers of ours, and family members to me," says Patrolman Paul Catalino. "Just like us - it protects them if we are tracking an armed suspect, or they have to be sent into a building. It gives them the most protection they can have."

The new vests were paid for by a company called Vested Interest which raised donations through Groupon.