The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 22, 2013

K-9 unit receives gear from the Marine Corps League

By Brian Graves, News Editor
Bloomberg News

Sunday, September 22, 2013 — The duties of a law enforcement officer constantly put them under the threat of harm at times that can be totally unexpected.

Some of those officers actually have the responsibility of being the first into a scene to scout out the potential threats.

It is in those cases having the best and most up-to-date protection gear can be most important.

One local law officer recently got a new protection vest that will help him to stay safe as he works to keep his colleagues at the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office safe as they do their duties.

His name is Arrco and he has four feet and is part of the department’s K-9 unit.

Arrco now has a protection vest courtesy of a donation from the Marine Corps League.

The vest was purchased at a cost of $829.

As part of his duties, Arrco is often sent in to buildings before officers make their way into a scene.

He also is used to sniff out suspected vehicles for drugs or threats.

Basically, he has his partner’s back and his partner has his.

“It really is a partnership between the two of us,” Deputy Justin Pugsley said.

“He lets me know immediately if something is not right.”

Pugsley said the relationship is such that he stays as concerned about Arrco’s safety as any other officer.

“He is one of us,” Pugsley said.

Arrco was taking some time getting used to wearing the new equipment, but Pugsley said as with all of his other training he will adapt.

“He always does his job,” Pugsley said.

Sheriff Rick Burris expressed his appreciation for the League’s donation which bought the new vest.

“This department appreciates the support of the public and we especially thank the Marine Corps League for their generosity donating the new K-9 vest,” Burris said.

“The K-9 units are a vital part of the service the department provides in helping keep the citizens of Stanly County safe and they are an asset worth protecting.”

According to the Officer Down website, there have been 15 law enforcement K-9s killed in the line of duty since the first of the year.

To submit story ideas, contact Brian Graves at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28.