Event to raise funds for police K-9

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Mat Pellegrino

During the week of February 27, some of the best police K-9’s in America will travel to Navarre to participate in the United States Police Canine Association National Detector Dog Trials.
The highly sought after competition will put those K-9’s to the test and also help the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office raise funds for its own police K-9 in the process.
Numerous highly skilled and expertly trained police dogs will be competing against one another as they are judged on their performances to seek out and find illegal drugs and explosive materials. This will be the first time in history that the sheriff’s office will host the competition.
“We as an agency and K-9 unit look forward to sharing this experience with the community. We have intentions of making this event a huge success for the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Santa Rosa County,” said K-9 Sgt. Roman Jackson with the SRCSO.
The sheriff’s department is offering advertisement sales, which will be placed in the event guides and distributed to the officers and everyone who attends the public demonstration on the night of March 2 to help raise money for their agency. There are also sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000. All of the money raised will be used for the future purchases of a K-9 for the local agency and part of the monies will go to the national K-9 association.
The public is invited to come out to a demo on March 2 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Navarre High School.
During that event, the public will be able to see all of the regional K-9 teams who competed during the week. They will demonstrate bite work, search and tactical dog demonstrations.
“This is open to everyone,” said SRCSO Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy. “Our K-9 unit will also have a give-a-way of a few bikes. Families, and kids are all welcome.”
If anyone is interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact the local agency at kpurvis@srso.net.
“We look forward to this event. We will be able to demonstrate and showcase what our K-9 units do and especially how important it is to have K-9’s as part of our Agency,” Aloy said.