HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut State Police dog will be getting some extra protection on the job.

The 4-year-old German shepherd named Arek will receive a bullet- and stab-protective vest donated by Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit group based in Taunton, Massachusetts. The vest is valued between about $1,800 and $2,200. The group sponsored a fundraiser at Hairy Barker's K9 Activity Center in Deep River.

Arek has been assigned to Trooper Matthew Herz for two years and is currently working at Troop H in Hartford. The dog is trained in all patrol functions including tracking, evidence recovery, building searches, apprehension of suspects, narcotics detention, clearing obstacles, and obedience.

Vested Interest in K9s has provided more than 1,600 protective vests in 49 states.