NON-PROFIT REGISTER | K-9 Law Enforcement Officers Demonstrate Skill and Agility | New




New: A dog that is part of a law enforcement department’s K-9 unit is expensive, costing between $60,000 and $80,000, and highly trained, undergoing four months of specialized training.

On September 14, the friends of Heroes with Paws got to mingle with K-9 handlers and their dogs, and see firsthand how these four-legged heroes can literally bring bad guys to their knees in a dire situation. criminal arrest and sniffing bombs, drugs and other contraband.

Hosted by Lyn Schaffer, the early evening fundraiser was held at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum with the goal of surpassing that raised in 2021: Enough to buy safety vests for three K-9s . The 2021 recipients were K-9 Loki from the Aurora Police Department, K-9 Jessie from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and K-9 Jocko from the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office.

Each vest is expensive because it is custom made for the recipient dog and protects it from gunshots and stab wounds. Not all departments have the funds to cover protective equipment.

In addition to ticket sales, revenue for that evening came from silent auctions and some individual donations.

In Colorado, many K-9s are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and German Shorthaired Pointers — breeds chosen for their brute strength, intellect, and sense of smell.

About the organization: Heroes with Paws was formed in 2018 to recognize the talent and hard work done in the community by K-9 police officers and their handlers. In partnership with Back the Blue K-9 Force, Heroes with Paws raises

money to fund the needs of K-9 police officers in various Colorado law enforcement agencies.


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