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Kane County K-9 Patrol Unit – Hugo and Gonzo Receive Bullet Proof Vests Read more: KCSG Television – Kane County K 9 Patrol Unit Hugo and Gonzo Receive Bullet Proof Vests
Two ballistic vests were donated to Kane County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit by Kanab-based national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society.
Deputies Brent Smith and Marvin Hoyt were presented with the K-9 vests by Jeff Popowich, senior manager at Best Friends for patrol service dogs Hugo and Gonzo. “These vests will help us protect two officers who happen to be four legged,” said Deputy Smith.
Two state troopers working in the Washington barracks were honored last week for their work ethic and commitment to the community.
During a ceremony at the State Police Academy in Hershey, motor carrier enforcement Officer Thomas G. Smith and police communications operator Cynthia L. Gonze were presented with awards.
The state trooper from Greenwich who was seriously injured last summer when dragged by a domestic violence suspect’s pickup truck was among a number of local police officers honored Thursday during a State Police awards ceremony.
Trooper Joseph “J.P.” Smith received a commendation from State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.
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Ten fifth-graders picked Justice as the name for the police department’s newest acquisition, a three-year-old German shepherd, with abilities in drug detection, people and cadaver search.
It’s been a whirlwind six weeks since village officials indicated a need for a new dog for its canine unit to help the police department cope with drug and gang crimes, but lack of funds was standing in the way.
“Word got out through the media and within a few days I had two dozen offers of dogs from all over the country,” Police Chief Craig Somerville told the packed Village Hall Monday night.
Less than a month after village officials made a public plea for a drug sniffing dog, the police department has a 3-year-old German shepherd, thanks to organizations in Libertyville and Grayslake.
D.A.S. Charitable Fund, Libertyville, donated $7,800 to cover cost of the dog, training and initial care. The foundation is dedicated to animal welfare issues, said Dennis Ryan, trustee of the foundation. “We fund about nine or 10 other canine units in Lake County, including the sheriff’s office, Waukegan, Round Lake Beach and Zion.”
Hermiston police fielded a wide range of questions and comments during the inaugural Coffee with the Cops program Thursday morning at the Pheasant Cafe.
One common thread both police officers and the public agreed on was that the meeting was a success.
“I liked it,” Nicole Miracle said.
Miracle had some questions about her rights as an apartment manager dealing with noise complaints, parking issues and other problems.
Peggy Price had more general questions, and said she has missed the monthly neighborhood watch meetings Officer Doug Smith used to host.
“For the most part I think our officers are doing a good job,” Price said.
Two Paradise Valley police officers have been recognized for meritorious achievements.
Officer Gregg Smith took honorable mention in the 2010 Looking Beyond the License Plate law enforcement program sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Officer Kevin Albert was recognized as Officer of the Year by Phoenix Elks Lodge 335 for outstanding public service.
Santa Paula Police Officer John Coffelt and his recently retired K-9 partner Jack were honored as the Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Officer of the Month at the April Good Morning Santa Paula.
The Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, hosted by E. J. Harrison & Sons, was held at Logsdon’s at the Santa Paula Airport.
Police Chief Steve MacKinnon said the previous chamber honor was awarded to Sergeant Ryan Smith and his K-9 Rex, who also retired in February. “It’s an honor to recognize John and Jack today,” and Coffelt is “just around the corner of 15 years service to the community” as an SPPD officer.
Coffelt serves with the SPPD Special Response Team (SRT), and “as a training officer he goes out with new officers just out of the academy” to help them apply their formal training to “the street…. One of the most significant things” about Coffelt’s SPPD career is “about half of those 15 years he has had a partner, a best friend during the day who he even takes home at night. What’s worse,” joked MacKinnon, “when he retires he stays home with you for the rest of his life!”
The large furry rabbit walking between Central and Garfield avenues Wednesday was no hallucination, especially for drivers who failed to yield.
For an hour and a half, Glendale Police Officer Tom Broadway donned the eye-catching costume during an enforcement sting aimed at educating motorists to yield for pedestrians walking along unmarked crosswalks.
Police cited 24 motorists on suspicion of failing to yield to Broadway as he walked across Central.
“One of the violators said he was confused by it,” Sgt. Dennis Smith said. “He said he hopped in front of him.”
Police said the sting was about more than just enforcement, with officers also taking time to educate motorists.
One Dog is making a big difference in the city of Warwick. The Police Department recently put to their very first K-9 unit to work and he’s already made a huge impact in less than a month.
Meet Castor, a seven year old Belgium Malinois
“His title is police officer,” said K-9 Officer Mike Smith.
While he may not look like a police officer,
“He has a badge, he is on the same insurance policy as us, you would get in more trouble if he got hurt then one of us,” said Smith.
He’s professionally trained in finding drugs,
“He is certified to find methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and heroine,” said Smith.
And works hard to find them.
“He’s got a good nose for it he pretty much was born to do this,” said Smith.