A vest protects against standard issue caliber rounds (ballistic only) for common guns, while the multi-threat vest offers additional protection for stabbing weapons, like prison shanks or other blunt force puncture objects. Both levels of coverage come in a carrier made of a rip-stop material that helps to deflect punctures as well. These options for equipment provide the same level of protection that the human counterparts of these K9s are required to wear for their job. We leave the protection level up to the agency.
A vest helps to protect a K9 from threats of gunfire and/or stabbing, allowing them a better opportunity to survive and to continue protecting their community.