Students and staff from Roberto Clemente Academy present dogs from DPS’ K-9 unit with bullet proof vests

Students and staff of Roberto Clemente Academy on Monday, July 26 presented Tazer and Nitro, two dogs from Detroit Public Schools’ K-9 unit, with a state-of-the-art bullet proof vest as a ‘thank you’ for their efforts to improve safety in the district.

The school community, spearheaded by former Principal Helena Lazo, raised about $680 to purchase the vest after listening to a presentation by Officer John Greene and meeting Nitro at a career day at the school and inquiring about how often the dogs are hurt in the line of duty.

The presentation took place at 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, at the school, located at 1551 Beard.

Earlier this year, Detroit Public Schools Police Department officers John Greene and Nitro were named Police K-9 Team of the Year by Police K-9 Magazine.

The March issue featured Greene and Nitro, a 5-year-old black and tan Slovak German Shepherd. The narcotic patrol team was honored for their 510 canine uses in 2009, which is considered an extremely high number of uses. Those included 314 building searches, in which he apprehended suspects 65 times. The team had about 90 arrests in 2009.

A second bullet poof vest, purchased by Susie McClanaghan of Central Lake, MI, also is being presented. McClanaghan, whose late husband is a retired Michigan State Police trooper, contacted Greene about purchasing a vest after reading about Nitro and Greene in Police K-9 Magazine.

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