Cranston PD unveil new vehicle for K9 transportation

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Cranston Police Department has rolled out a new vehicle for their K9 Unit.

A 2016 Ford Explorer with state-of-the-art technology geared toward K9 transportation was presented on Tuesday.

The vehicle holds a climate-control kennel that will automatically activate a cooling mechanism when the temperature rises to an uncomfortable degree for the dogs.

Officers will also have a device on their belts that will alert them when the temperature in the car is too hot.

“This is critical, as many police K9s across the US have died because of extreme temperature in the back of police vehicles,” said Col. Michael Winquist.

The officers will also be able to automatically open the rear door of the vehicle to release the K9s if their assistance is needed, simply by pressing a button on their belts.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello presented a check for $31,000 to the Cranston Police Department K9 Unit on Tuesday morning. The remaining costs of the $49,000 vehicle were covered by funds the city put aside for the department’s K9 program.