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Chevrolet claims 'Top Dog' status among America's police K-9 units
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28th August, 2015
The ability to take the heat off hard-working police dogs helps make the
Chevrolet Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) America’s most popular police vehicle for K-9 units.
The roomy interior and advanced climate control system are ideal for all three components of a K-9 unit: the police
officer, the police dog, and the vehicle they travel in.
“Our K-9s live with our deputies and their families. They are on duty with our deputies every day - responding to
calls for service, training, and creating an unbreakable bond,” said Oakland County (Mich.) Sheriff Michael J.
Bouchard. “The K-9 Unit is an invaluable tool that serves our community and the Tahoe PPV is an important part of our
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Because dogs are vulnerable to heat, the Tahoe PPV has more heating and cooling vents in the vehicle’s third-row area
than any other police utility vehicle. In the Tahoe PPV, the seat is eliminated to make room for the K-9 unit’s kennel.
Thus Tahoe’s third-row upper and lower air vents circulate cooled air into the back of the vehicle.
“Heat exhaustion is one of the top killers of police dogs,” said Michael Werges, sergeant-at-arms, North
American Police Dog Association.
Unlike humans, dogs aren’t covered in skin that allows them to sweat when temperatures get too high. The tiny pads of
exposed skin on the bottom of their paws are the only way they can remove heat.
There have been a few instances this northern summer of police dog fatalities because of extreme heat.
“It’s imperative to police agencies that K-9 vehicles are equipped with an air conditioning system that can keep
the dog’s entire body cool, from head to toe,” said Werges.
In addition to K-9 use, state and local municipalities and America's federal government use the Tahoe PPV for patrol,
first response, tactical, HAZMAT and Border Patrol duties.