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Posted on: December 23, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff's Office Receives 100 Club Funding for K-9

Flagstaff, AZ: Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil is pleased to announce that the Sheriff’s Office has applied for and received a grant in the amount of $15,000 for the purchase of a dual purpose canine, equipment to retro fit a patrol vehicle for safe transportation of the dog, and a canine ballistic vest. The grant was awarded on November 4, 2013.

The funding will be provided by the 100 Club of Arizona which is a 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to assisting the men and women who represent statewide public safety agencies, law enforcement officers and deputies, firefighters, paramedics, and their families. Assistance provided by the 110 Club of Arizona includes:
Financial Assistance when serious injury, death, and life-altering situations occur.
Peer-Support Training to include peer support, emotional support and training.
Safety Enhancement Stipends to purchase safety equipment to enhance the welfare of the
Arizona Public Safety First-Responders

The K-9 that will be acquired with this funding will be dual-trained in the areas of protection and the detection of narcotics. The new dog will replace Viktor, a Belgian Malinois from Holland, who was the first dog to join the Sheriff’s Office ranks in 2007 and retired in 2013. Viktor’s partner and handler is Sergeant Gerrit Boeck.

The new dog will join Kiko, a Belgian Malinois from Slovakia, who became a part of our K-9 team in 2008 thanks to a generous donation from a community member. Kiko has been assigned to Deputy Rick Shouse in the Blue Ridge area.

Each of our K-9 teams consists of a sworn veteran deputy and a certified dual-purpose police service dog. Canines in our patrol division live with and respond to scenes with a deputy who has been through specific training with the dog. The K-9 teams were created to assist Sheriff’s Office personnel in:

? Searching for hidden suspects
? Locating articles or evidence of a crime
? Protecting officers and the public from serious injury or death
? Assisting in the arrest and apprehension of felons
? Detecting the presence of narcotics

The K-9 Unit provides specialized services in situations when a canine can be used more effectively and with a greater degree of safety than a deputy without a canine. K-9 Unit services are available to assist local, state, and federal agencies. The K-9 teams also provide demonstrations for public and civic organizations. The dogs are a favorite with children and adults alike and open a new avenue of communication between deputies and the public.

The Sheriff’s Office will go through an application and review process to select the next deputy who will be assigned to the K-9 Unit. Look for announcements and introductions of this officer and his/her canine partner in the near future.

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Public and Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office PIO, 928-226-5089

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