Oceanside school children donated $930 to the Oceanside Police Department (OPD) toward the purchase of a ballistic canine vest.
Students at Louise Foussat Elementary were given the option to spend the money they raised throughout the year on themselves for a school party or field trip, but chose instead to help the OPD canine unit.
The canine vests protect police dogs’ vital organs from gunfire. They can be used in many high risk situations, including search warrants, SWAT team missions and patrol calls.
Last year The Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 donated funds for two ballistic vests for the program and an anonymous donor gave money for another vest.
With the Foussat School Council’s donation all four canines in the police department now have vests.