The first batch of stab-resistant vests for police dogs has been rolled out across New Zealand, which will give the pups the same protection as every other police officer.
In June, police announced their canine cops would finally be getting the protective gear which not only stops knives, but also gives them protection from blows and kicks.
Wellington police constable Stu Rota and his dog Dakota (NZ Police)
This week, 10 of the 'Mako' harnesses have been sent to Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Nelson, Whangarei, Auckland, Christchurch, Rotorua and Tauranga.
Wellington patrol dog Dakota tried on her harness for the first time on Wednesday and dog section head Senior Sergeant Mark Davidson says she was "very happy" with it, and that it was equally exciting for their handlers.
Police dog Dakota and her new vest (NZ Police)
"We've been really aware over the years that our dogs had only speed and mobility for protection, but with this new harness we've given them another level of protection alongside that," he says.
The vest weighs just over one kilogram and is designed by Hamilton company Sabre Tactical NZ.
Police dog Dakota (NZ Police)
It won't have an effect on the dog's agility or speed and dries quickly, made from layered polymer panels to shield vital organs from stabbing and slashing.
Police say the whole dog force will be wearing the harness within three months, with the remaining 120 vests to be delivered over that time.