Hobbs K-9 Unit Outfitted with Protective Vests

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO- The bark certainly matches the bite for a five-year-old Belgian Malinois named Bach assigned to the K-9 unit at the Hobbs Police Department.

"Their life is on the line just like ours is." Officer Stanley Jordan, who handles Bach said they're grateful for large donation that provided protective vests for all three canine officers in the department, "We're very appreciative."

The dogs are considered a tool for the department but handlers like Officer Jordan do get attached.

"That's your partner and yeah you don't want to see anything happen to your partner, but our outlook is I would rather see my dog in a dangerous situation rather than put a fellow officer in a dangerous situation when we don't have to," he said.

It's not clear if Bach likes his new vest, but he is a little safer because of it.

"I am sure they don't like it, because it's hot." Officer Stanley says the dogs know what kind of action is required of them by the equipment used.

The dogs can pinpoint even the slightest amount of drugs. During a police simulation, Bach alerts Officer Jordan to 28 grams of marijuana inside a police van.

"He works. He really works hard, because that's what he is trained to do." Officer Jordan said all the commands are in Dutch.

The reward for all his hard work is a red ball and a little play time. Bach is a bit of a work-a-holic. He's even found drugs off duty at an area park.