PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Now that the Pawtucket Police Department has a K-9 unit for the first time in nearly a decade, the department is raising money to make sure its members are well-protected while on the job.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, police said they’ve partnered with Project Paws Alive in hopes of collecting $18,000 for vital safety equipment including K-9 first aid field trauma kits, Narcan kits, military-grade K-9 cooling vests, kevlar boots, and oxygen mask kits.
Project Paws Alive is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide K-9 units with adequate equipment at no cost to taxpayers.
Two of the unit’s K-9 officers, Argo and Magno, are patrol officers tasked with suspect apprehension, crowd control, and narcotics detection while K-9 Watson provides comfort to people who have experienced traumatic events and K-9 Neko is a tracking bloodhound whose focus will include searching for missing people and locating evidence.
“The canines’ jobs do not come without certain risks,” the post said. “Police canines are exposed to the same hazards as their handlers.”
Police said all donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible.