DPS using new technology to keep K9 officers safe from the heat

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Public Safety is taking action to make sure their K9 officers don't overheat on the job.

The department is one of the first agencies in the country to test an app; that includes a device implanted in the dog's neck to keep track of their body temperature. 

The device sends a text or email to the handler’s smartphone if the levels become dangerous. 

DPS has implanted 3 K-9 officers with the technology.  

After the year-long test program is complete, they will determine if they will expand the program to include the remaining 22 dogs in the department.

Photojournalist Chencho Flores shows us how DPS is hoping this preventative measure can help save lives in the video player above.

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