The police K-9's of the Ocean City Police Department will soon be able to go on patrol with an added level of safety thanks to a generous donation that was recently given specifically to the OCPD K-9 Unit.

The donation totaling $18,000 will be used in part to ensure that each of the five K-9's in the K-9 Unit are outfitted with bullet and stab protective vests. This potentially life-saving body armor costs upwards of $2,000 each.

"Our K-9 Unit is an integral part of our mission and it is critical for us to keep the unit safe," commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. "Without the generosity of our community members, purchases like these can be very difficult. We are extremely grateful that our hard-working K-9's will now be protected."

The remainder of the donation will be used for training and other items needed for operations of the unit. The donor has asked to remain anonymous.