EVESHAM, N.J. (CBS) – A K-9 on the Evesham Police Department is now protected, and it’s all thanks to a non-profit committed to keeping working dogs safe.

Evesham Police K-9, Moose, received his own ballistic body armor during a special presentation Monday.

The K-9’s vest is designed to protect him from gunshots and possible knife attacks.

The vest was donated by Capital K-9 Association.

Moose’s handler says it could mean the difference between life and death for his four-legged partner.

“It makes me feel good knowing that he is protected because God forbid something does happen to him, at least there is a little bit of protection there, and hopefully that will save his life if that time comes.” said Evesham Police K-9 Officer Joseph Czyzewski Jr.

Capital K-9 Association raises money for the vests using social media and GoFundMe sites.

The non-profit has given vests to 60 K-9s in ten states.

WATERTOWN — Deputy Jeffrey Froelich’s new K-9 dog Abel is more than an in-car companion or an effective drug finder.

He’s a lifeline when tensions rise at crime scenes where backup may be 20 minutes away or more, as well as a partner at work and at home.

“I spend more time with this dog than I do with my family,” Deputy Froelich said.

The Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy spoke to the Times about his new K-9 partner on Monday afternoon, just before he and Abel hit the road for their first shift together. The 20-month-old Belgian Malinois, trained in drug detection, tracking and handler protection, graduated from the state police Canine Training Facility in Cooperstown on Friday.

The first shift for Abel comes about a year after Deputy Froelich’s previous K-9 partner, Lobo, died of a genetic illness. The German shepherd had been the deputy’s partner for nearly five years.

“That was the worst day of my life,” Deputy Froelich said. “That drive home alone was a tough one to make.”

Despite his anguish, the deputy said that because of his extensive training, he knew he had to continue working in a K-9 role.

“I owed it to Lobo, and I owed it to the people of Jefferson County,” Deputy Froelich said.

Abel, named for the county’s first sheriff, Abel Sherman, was purchased from Baden K-9, based in Saint Anns, Ontario, Canada. The purchase was aided by a donation of $10,500 from the North Country Kennel Club, which also provided thousands of dollars in training assistance to help develop Abel’s drug detection skills.

Abel was made a member of the department in March, and joins the department’s other K-9 dogs, Mike and Scout.

In the months the two have been together, Deputy Froelich said he has been building a rapport with Abel and integrating the dog into his family.

“The last one hated my son, and loved my wife. This one loves my son, and hates my wife,” he said. “They all have their own tendencies.”

The deputy said Abel is “all-business” regardless of whether he is on duty, or just guarding a TV remote.

“He’s not a good house dog. He has to have a job,” Deputy Froelich said. “He can’t sit still for the life of him.”

The deputy said he and Abel can be called in for help by any law enforcement agency in the county.

“You’re on call 24-7. If they need help, I can be called in,” Deputy Froelich said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get.”

The deputy said the hours together and the attachment seen between a handler and their dog can be confused by some as the kind of love pet owners often feel for their furry companions, which he argued a dog cannot understand.

“They do understand devotion,” Deputy Froelich said. “If you devote yourself to him, then he’ll devote himself to you.”

Video of Deputy Froelich and Abel together can be seen at http://wdt.me/k9-abel.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Just in time for Christmas, the Buffalo Police Department’s K-9s are getting some new toys.

The Buffalo Police Department wrote on Facebook Tuesday that the wife of one of the department’s radio dispatchers noticed how much K-9 Shield enjoyed chewing on his “Kong” toy while she was watching the funeral ceremony for Officer Craig Lehner.

She wrote to the Kong Company, located in Golden, Colorado, and a company representative watched a segment of the funeral online.

The company donated a box of assorted Kong toys and treats to the K-9 Unit.

“My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am.”

– Unknown

Those of us who grew up in small town USA have always known there was an underbelly of darkness and crime just below the feigned belief that all was well. We depend on local law enforcement to protect us from the criminal element that plagues all communities. With drug use and distribution on the rise even in our beloved community, and budgets shrinking as the cost of running a city swells, the ability to enforce and protect becomes more difficult.

 What recourse do we have when our police department has been reduced to only a dozen officers when only a few short years ago we had 14? Do not be fooled, this is not a sign that crime is down in our city. Crime is on the rise. Drug abuse, domestic violence and burglary, to name only a few, have risen to unprecedented highs. Our officers need help to curtail this increasing threat to our daily lives.

Enter K9 Charko, the City of Salem’s K9 Patrol Dog. K9 Charko (pronounced Charo) is a German Shepherd from the Boulder Creek Performance K9 LLC (BCPK9) Kennels in Slovakia. The local BCPK9 training facility is located just north of Salem on Highway 72. Mark Wynn, a Salem native, is the owner and trainer. Wynn trained K9 Charko and K9 Officer Mike Loveday of the Salem Police Department to assist the department in protecting our community.

Wynn’s expertise in K9 training was earned through hard work and experience. He worked and trained as a military contractor working dogs, police service dogs, and search and rescue dogs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jordan (at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center). While in Iraq, he was the kennel master for the world’s largest K9 contract, managing over 100 explosives detection dogs at the Baghdad Embassy.

Wynn imports rare breeds for BCPK9 stock. He uses Belgian Malinois, Hanovarian Hounds and Bavarian Mountain Hounds because of their healthy physique and exceptional tracking/trailing ability. The Hanovarian Hounds are extremely rare. There are approximately 80 of them in the United States, and Wynn owns five of them.

K9 Fleck, a German shorthaired pointer and a narcotics detection dog trained at BCPK9, is now working in St. Charles. The first day on the job, K9 Fleck alerted to a vehicle for suspected drug currency, netting an $80,000 find in suspected drug currency.

BCPK9 is dedicated to the training of police K9s and their handlers. The company believes in “training for the street, not just certification,” according to Wynn. Although he believes certification is of paramount importance, he can’t express enough the necessity of both state and national certification for all trainers. He believes in a third-party certification evaluation to ensure non-partial and honest evaluations. BCPK9’s business philosophy is “There is no second chance on the street,” and this mindset influences the way they train.

I was able to observe K9 Charko and Wynn’s K9 Dillon, a Belgian Malinois, in action as they were taken through a series of patrol and apprehension tactics. I was amazed at the intense focus the dogs had. Wynn would create chaos with lights, loud noises and gunfire. The dogs ignored everything except the commands of their handlers.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. “

– Mark Twain

 BCPK9 is expanding their services beyond the training of these specialized dogs to provide safe tactical gun handling using the Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) program. Wynn is bringing in a tactics instructor from Oregon to provide “realistic training without permanent holes.” The one-day class is scheduled for Dec. 17 with a cost of $250 per participant. The fee covers all UTM Ammo. The training is limited to 10 seats.

UTM Target Shooting products provide the most realistic alternative to live fire available. This technology was previously only available to military and law enforcement. It is now available to responsibly armed citizens who want to train with their own firearm using this specialized live fire technology. UTM target shooting ammunition and firearm conversions allow all skill levels, beginner through advanced to experience live fire in a real-life situation without the consequences of lethal ammo.

Wynn allowed me to experience this amazing technology using an assault-style rifle. It was like shooting the real thing. You get the same recoil and accuracy. I shot through a quarter inch piece of cardboard and barely scratched the paint on the dry wall behind it. If you shoot just for fun or training for your concealed carry, UTM will ensure a shooting experience “as real as it gets.”

Do you know how to clear your house or any building while protecting your loved ones? Do you understand the difference between cover and concealment when being fired upon? The 13-room training structure was designed not only for training the dogs, but for this type of training as well with input from members of the Navy Seals, Green Beret and Special Forces.

This training will allow you to not only experience numerous scenarios in buildings and outside, but also to help you understand when it is time to fight and when it is time to break contact. When considering the cost of this training Mark says “Good training is not cheap, and cheap training is not good. There is a big difference between putting a gun on your side and putting a gun on your side and being trained to use it.”

For more information about the police dog training or about the UTM training you can contact Mark Wynn via email, mark@bcpk9.com, or by phone (573) 263-9922.

The Flat Rock Police Department is getting a new K9 officer trained to bolster police protection in the community.
A German shepherd named Xander (pronounced “Zander”) and his handler, Officer Brian Tetreau, began training in mid-October and will be ready for building searches and other duties soon, said police Chief John Leacher.
“We did get the K-9 program back up and running,” Leacher said in an email Wednesday. “They started training and both are doing well. Xander hasn’t been certified for regular patrol work yet, but we expect him to fulfill his training requirements with flying colors.”
Xander will be ready for duty sometime in early January, he said. Training is being done at K-9 Academy in Taylor.
Flat Rock has been without a K9 unit since Officer Rocco retired in early 2013.
The German shepherd served the city 9½ years and assisted with a number of tracking searches and narcotics’ searches for drugs.
His handler on the force was Officer Jerry Page.
The purchase of Xander and the initial training were funded by Sam Simon, owner of Simons Group Holdings and Atlas Oil Co. based in Taylor.
Since 2014, the two businesses have donated two K9 dogs to the Taylor Police Department.
“He does a lot for veterans and police departments in and around the area,” the chief said. “We also had a grass-roots, fund-raising effort that was able to raise $500 to help defray start-up costs as well.”
Xander was named by Simon. The name Xander means “defender of man” in Greek.
“We thought that was an outstanding name for the newest member of our police department,” Leacher said.
Mark and Alisa Maul, owners of Blue Heron Trading Co. in Flat Rock, headed up a fundraising effort that netted $500 to re-establish the unit.
The business, which opened in September 2016, held cooking demonstrations to raise the funds.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Washington County Sheriff’s Office is welcoming a new K9 to their team after the recent retirement of former K9 officer Tess.

Falko, the newest member to the department is a Belgian Malinois from Adlerhorst International, LLC in Jurupa Valley, California.

Falko was selected after deputies from the Sheriff’s Office including K9 handler, Scott Durfey made a trip to California and met with over 40 eligible canines looking to make a connection with a handler.

After training with eight other canines, Deputy Durfey met Falko. The two had an immediate connection. Deputy Durfey wanted to make sure he was making the right decision for himself and the Sheriff’s Office in the selection of a new K9 deputy and continued testing with other canines but the bond between Falko and Deputy Durfey continued to grow and after three days of testing and training.

Falko just celebrated his first birthday and has been working with the sheriff’s office over the last few weeks.

Falko and Deputy Durfey will be attending Peace Officers Standards and Training for K9 in the beginning of 2018 to train Falko in the detection of Narcotics. Upon successful completion, Falko and Deputy Durfey will continue their training towards their Patrol K9 Certification.

Criminal suspects who attack police dogs should be jailed for up to five years under a specific new offence, MPs will say this week. Sir Oliver Heald, a former solicitor general, is to call for legislation to cover those who injure “service animals”, including guide dogs and animals assisting police and military officers.

The Conservative MP will introduce a bill on Tuesday, backed by four former ministers, aimed at filling a “gap” in the law.

It comes after a police dog, Finn, was seriously injured having been repeatedly stabbed in the head and chest with a 12in hunting knife last year while being arrested by an officer in Stevenage, Herts.

The officer, PC Dave Wardell, was a constituent of Sir Oliver’s. Sir Oliver said the case highlighted how there was no “suitable or appropriate” specific legislation under which an attack on a service dog could be prosecuted.

The only two options – animal cruelty or criminal damage – were both inappropriate, he said.

The 16-year-old attacker in PC Wardell’s case received a four month sentence earlier this year after being found guilty of actual bodily harm against PC Wardell and “criminal damage” by stabbing Finn.

Earlier this year a public petition on Parliament’s website calling for police dogs and horses to be given protection “that reflects their status if assaulted in the line of duty” attracted more than 127,000 signatures.

Sir Oliver’s bill, nicknamed by campaigners as “Finn’s law”, would introduce a maximum sentence of five years and an unlimited fine for those convicted in a crown court of attacking a service animal, or six months’ and a £10,000 fine in a magistrates’ court.

Sir Oliver said: “This is a service animal doing its duty and assaulting a police dog is an attempt to to evade arrest and stop the lawful apprehension of a suspect for a criminal offence.”

In October Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, outlined plans to raise the maximum sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years. But Sir Oliver said: “Where a dog is acting in accordance with its duty as a service animal and is attacked then there should be a specific offence.

“Countries such as Canada already have an offence. It is time we did the same.”

A spokesman for Mr Gove’s department said: “We are absolutely clear cruelty to all animals, including our dedicated and hard-working service animals, must be stamped out. That’s why we are increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty tenfold to five years in prison.”

SOUTH PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP – For months earlier this year, John Brannon, the owner of Shallow Creek Kennels, confronted a mystery. Some of his dogs in training to become police canine officers were being tormented so badly that they were injuring themselves.

And until a few weeks ago, he couldn’t figure out why.

On Wednesday, Richard Layman, 67, of 6484 Lakeside Drive, South Pymatuning Township, turned himself in to face felony charges of taunting a police dog, based on allegations that he tormented the dogs by hovering a drone over their kennels.

 South Pymatuning Township police Sgt. Richard said the injuries to 10 canines, all hand-picked from Europe and brought to Shallow Creek Kennels in South Pymatuning Township to be trained as police service dogs, have cost Brannon at least $70,000.

“(Brannon) said it’s been going on all summer long,” Christoff said. “He put in motion-activated cameras all over the place. They thought they had coyotes. The dogs were going crazy.”

On Oct. 8, Brannon allegedly traced the problem back to his neighbor, Christoff said.

The dogs were trying to jump and chew through the chain-link fenced kennel to get at the drone, which Layman was allegedly hovering just over the kennels late at night, police said.

As a result, one dog – worth $14,000 – had its eyes gouged out. Another dog, valued at $45,000, broke a hip. The injuries disqualified the dogs from becoming part of a K-9 team, and Shallow Creek found suitable homes for them, Christoff said.

Seven more dogs were treated for broken teeth.

In an effort to find out what – or who – was bothering his K-9s, Brannon installed motion-activated cameras around the property. After a training session in October, a police officer training at Shallow Creek complained about a drone hovering over the dogs and following her around in early October. This prompted Brannon to check his cameras. Because one camera had been knocked over and was facing the sky, he was able to catch the drone on a recording, Christoff said.

Brannon then followed the drone to Layman’s property and asked him to keep the drone away.

”But he went back,” Christoff said. “(Layman) could’ve traveled for miles over the woods and the lake, but he decides to harass his neighbors instead.”

 A resident on the kennel property said a drone was spying on her when she was in the back of the house, an accusation that led to additional charges of criminal mischief and harassment against Layman.

What Layman might not have realized, Christoff said, is that taunting and tormenting a police dog is a third-degree felony, which carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

And Layman could have even bigger problems if he is charged with a felony under animal cruelty laws, Officer Paul Tobin of the Humane Society of Mercer County said. While the sentence – minimum $1,000 fine and maximum sentence of two years in jail – the potential financial impacts would be significant.

Tobin said a sentence could include an order to pay restitution, which would include veterinarian charges and replacement costs, already in excess of $70,000. If the injured dogs had already been committed to police departments, Layman could be financially liable for training their replacements and lost time for the police officers – both two- and four-legged – if he is convicted.

”This guy could have his hands full,” Tobin said.

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A Lowcountry police department will be highlighted on the popular TV show Live PD.

The Summerville Police Department’s K-9 unit will be featured during commercial breaks of the hit show which features live cameras following police officers as they go on calls.

Summerville Police Officer Tara Burke watches every episode.

“Every week, religiously,” Burke said.

A producer recently reached out to the police department to recruit Burke and her K-9 partner “Apart” to be profiled during Live PD but not live on patrol.

“She had reached out to me and said listen,’We’re doing these segments that are gonna air during commercials on Live PD,'” Summerville Police Chief Jon Rogers said.”They basically want to put a story to the police badge and look at it on a happy light.”

Burke jumped at the chance.

“There’s so much negativity with police work in general,” Burke said.”They want to make sure that although the show is very high speed, low drag, lots of intensity, there is a different side of it.”

For the police department, it’s a chance to be in the national spotlight.

”It’s a good way to get Summerville out there and our organization out there and our officers,” Rogers said.”It’s always good to highlight our officers because they don’t really get a lot of recognition every day for the great things they do.”

Burke says the producers also showcased her life away from the police department.

“There’s a softer side where we do have lives and families and things outside the police department,” Burke said.

Burke says she has no interest in taking her appearance to the next level, having the Live PD cameras rolling while she’s on patrol.

“If anybody wants to review the video which they do monthly that’s one thing, but having somebody follow me, I think will make me very nervous,” Burke said.

Live PD airs on Friday at 9 p.m. on A&E.

See video here.

Copyright 2017 WCSC. All rights reserved. 

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –

After ten years of faithful service, Tucson Police Department Explosives Ordinance Detection K9 “JR” has retired.

JR, a black Labrador Retriever was born in Sept. 2005, he started out in a Duck Hunting Retrieval Program in California, and then went to an Explosive Detection K9 School in Wisconsin.

He began working for the Tucson Police Department in Sept. 2007, and has been credentialed as an EOD certified K9 after completing the ATF National Odor Recognition Training School.

He passed all of the annual National Police Canine Explosive Certification processes and is also trained to detect firearms and shell casings.

According to a TPD news release, in the ten years of service that JR has put in, he has been deployed on approximately 1,200 missions.

Many fans of UA Football and Basketball may recognize JR, as he was a common fixture, sweeping the area for danger before home games.

Since his retirement, he has already made several appearances at the police stations to say hello to his friends and former co-workers.

JR plans to enjoy his retirement, which will include Sunday barbeques and family vacations with his handler, Officer Rob McCusker.

The City of Tucson thanks JR for the many years he helped keep the public safe.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.