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Parker's Four Legged Officer Gets New Vest

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It's almost impossible to walk into the Parker Police Department without saying hello to their newest officer Marlin. The K9 typically lays in the sun coming in from the front door, at least when he isn't working.

Officer Jason Klingensmith got Marlin about a year ago, after the department's former K9 Sammy retired.

"Sammy was a little bit bigger than him. We tried customizing it [vest] a little bit to make it fit," said Klingensmith.

Marlin's been wearing his predecessor's bullet and stab protective vest, but it's too big and unsafe.

"While we were tracking, he got tangled up in some vines, and he started backing up and was able to back out of the vest," said Klingensmith.

Marlin will soon be fitted for a new one.

The nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9's, Inc. has been raising money through Groupon to hopefully provide 100 dogs with protective vests.

Each one costs almost $1,000, but Officer Klinginsmith says its worth every penny.

"Just having that extra protection puts me at ease and puts a lot of other people at ease because I mean I don't want anything to happen to my partner," said Klingensmith.

He's perhaps the hardest working of the two, though he has a four leg advantage. It's an advantage his human partner trusts.

"Without a doubt, without a doubt, he'd give his life for me, no doubt, said Klingensmith.

Marlin has three certifications in narcotics tracking and one in human tracking.