HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke’s Police Dogs are much safer Wednesday night, and so are the officers that work with them.
In a ceremony at Holyoke Police Headquarters, “June,” a Labrador retriever narcotics dog, was presented with her own protective body armor.
Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger told 22News these dogs keep officers safe, “and actually protect our officers and protect our citizens. There are some situations where a K-9 can go in and it minimizes the risk to the officers themselves, and it helps to protect the public.”
Last Year, Holyoke Police Dog “Jori” was stabbed during a robbery arrest. On Wednesday, “Jori” was awarded a canine first aid kit, which was donated by an Agawam business, “The Darker Image.” “Jori” has fully recovered and is back to patrol duty.