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Skoda’s K-9 Kodiaq reports for police duty

Skoda Kodiaq police dog unit

The Kodiaq SUV is the latest vehicle in the Skoda range to be converted into a specially designed police dog unit.

Providing greater visibility for the driver and offering increased ground clearance to help enable access to remote locations, the Kodiaq dog vehicle is fitted with a range of driver assistance and safety features that ensure police dogs and their handlers can travel safely and securely to any emergency.

Skoda Kodiaq police dog unit

Features on the car include two air-conditioned dog kennels with temperature monitoring, purpose built into the rear of the vehicle.

The dog can also evacuate the vehicle quickly if needed thanks to a front escape hatch with drop glass built into each kennel. Additional emergency equipment can be stored in an area in front of the kennels.

The K-9 Kodiaq is also fitted with an emergency blue-light and an engine Run Lock system, which keeps the engine running while the key is removed from the ignition. The function enables a useful power supply for lights, radios or safety equipment computers, without the battery going flat.

Skoda Kodiaq police dog unit

The conversion has been built in conjunction with the Policing Authority and complies with RSPCA and DEFRA requirements, and is available for order now.

“We know police dogs play a pivotal role in an emergency service response; therefore, they need an environment that provides the appropriate level of safety and comfort to get them to and from an emergency,” said Skoda’s Henry Williams.

“The versatile Kodiaq police dog vehicle has all of the necessary features to ensure police dogs are well looked after when going about their vital work.”

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