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Dozer is the latest in a string of Hillsboro police dogs to receive armor from the East Coast.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Dozer, a Hillsboro K-9, will receive a bullet-proof vest later this year. The vest will bear the name of fallen Hillsboro K-9 Billy, who died in December.A Hillsboro police dog will receive a bullet and stab protective vest this year, thanks to a charitable donation from Massachusetts-based non-profit

Police dogs are often used in dangerous confrontations with suspects, but Dozer has not had a protective body armor until now. The vest will help protect against bullet and knife strikes.

Dozer, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois, joined the Hillsboro Police Department in June 2017. Born in The Netherlands, Dozer is partnered with Officer Denise Lemen and he is trained to locate people, evidence recovery and handler protection.

Dozer's vest will honor the memory of Hillsboro police dog Billy, who died in a car crash last December.

Dozer's vest is sponsored by an anonymous sponsor and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of Chicken, Miss Kitty and K9 Billy".

Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

The vets is donated by Vested Interest in K9s Inc., which has supplied several vests to Hillsboro police dogs in the past few years. Dozer is the third Hillsboro police dog to receive body armor from Vested Interest.

Hillsboro has lost police dogs in the line of duty before. The city's largest dog park is named in memory of Hondo, a police dog who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1997 during an altercation with a suspect.

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