Loveland police dog Monte needs bulletproof vest

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LOVELAND, Colo. — The Loveland Police Department is asking the community for help to win a contest that could outfit the department’s K-9, Monte, with a bulletproof vest.

Monte, the Loveland Police dog

Monte, the Loveland police dog.

The contest is through the nonprofit Keeping K-9s in Kevlar, which promotes safety for K-9s and provides them with bulletproof vests.

Monte is a contestant in the Keeping K-9s in Kevlar photo contest. The goal is for Monte’s picture to get as many likes as possible. The five K-9s with the most votes will win a donated Kevlar vest.

According to Loveland police, Monte is the department’s only K-9 without body armor. Vests are expensive, the department said, adding funding has only outfitted one K-9. The other two were able to receive vests using community donations.

Monte is a busy dog. In 2015, he completed 170 deployments, many of which ended in narcotics detected and fugitives located.

If Monte is among the winners of the contest, the department would like to use the opportunity to honor a fallen officer.

Each vest comes with the name of a fallen officer embroidered on it. The department would like Monte’s vest to have Colorado State Trooper Jaimie Jursevics’ name on it. Jursevics was hit and killed while investigating a crash on Interstate 25 in Douglas County in November.

Anyone who wants to help Monte win a vest can visit the Keeping K-9s in Kevlar Facebook page and ‘like’ Monte’s photo.

For more information on the Loveland’s K-9 unit, visit its Facebook page.

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