November 17, 2006
An Albemarle County police dog is a bit safer tonight after a donation from an area group.
Rico joined the force last year to compliment Albemarle's two other K9 officers. Today, he received a bullet proof vest as a donation from the Ruritan Club. Rico's handler, Master Patrolman Andrew Gluba says the vest is made of Kevlar, which will protect him in many different situations.
"It reduces the possible injuries to me. It works the same as a situation for Rico. If someone tries to kick him or hit him with a large object, it will give him a little bit more extra protection," Gluba said.
Rico joined the force after Gluba's former partner, Ingo, was shot and killed during a gun battle in 2004.