Criminal justice students help raise money for K-9 police dogs’ bulletproof vests

Criminal justice students at Monmouth University are helping to raise money for the Monmouth County Sheriff Department's K-9 unit.



The money raised will provide one of the dogs with an individually fitted bulletproof vest-which costs around $750.



Members of the criminal justice Alpha Phi Sigma honor society saw firsthand how much training goes into preparing police dogs for the field during a demonstration held at the university Wednesday.



We want to protect our K-9s here in Monmouth County," says Sheriff Shaun Golden. "There's no way better to do it then students engaged in really what is a great civic duty for them in terms of raising money and awareness."



Each individual dog goes through at least 30 weeks of training and learns skills to locate narcotics, explosives and tracking measures. The Monmouth County K-9 unit currently has eight dogs and seven handlers.



Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the sheriff department's K-9 unit can send a check made payable to the Monmouth County Treasurer, Hall of Records to 1 East Main St., Freehold, N.J. 07728, with a letter indicating the funds are for the MCSO K-9 Donation Fund.


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