Port Huron Police Department
|K9 Officer Jennifer Sly
||K9 Officer Chad Smith
||K9 Blaze |
|One of the newest members to the Port Huron Police Canine Unit is K9 Knight. He joined the department as a 16 month old Dutch shepherd. Knight is trained in narcotic detection, tracking, and handler protection. Knight is handled and trained by Officer Sly. Officer Sly is a 17 year veteran of the Port Huron Police Department. She has been a handler since March of 2004, and has been recognized with several awards and citations for her work with the PHPD K9 Teams.
|Blaze, a 1 1/2 year old German Shephard, was born in the Czech Republic and began his career with the department in October of 2016 thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. Dorthea Knight. Canine Blaze is assigned to Officer Chad Smith as his handler. Canine Blaze and Officer Smith are certified in narcotic detection, tracking, and handler protection through the United States Police Canine Association. Officer Chad Smith and Canine Blaze work as a team to help combat the drug problems within the City Of Port Huron and throughout St. Clair County. |
Recently both K9 Teams participated in USPCA Region 19 Cerifications which the City of Port Huron hosted, and some of the photos taken at the trials by Brook Refocus LLC. are captured for your viewing pleasure. We think they did a fantastic job of capturing our K9 teams in action.
What is the USPCA?:
The United States Police Canine Association became the largest and oldest active organization of its kind-“Ever Striving for the Betterment of all Police K-9” – in August, 1971 when two existing Associations, the Police K-9 Association and the United States K-9 Association, merged.
The original Florida Police K-9 Association, formed in 1964, was later changed to the Police K-9 Association in order to include other interested departments outside the section of the country established by the United Police K-9 Association.
Each Region or District elect their own officers and are responsible for their day to day activities. The elected President of each Region or District automatically becomes a member of the National Executive Committee. There are currently twenty five Regions across the United States and Canada.
Our Region (Region 19) covers the entire State of Michigan and Ontario, Canada. We meet three times a year. In the winter when we hold our Training day & Winter meeting, the Spring when we hold our Detector Dog & Tracking Trials and in the Summer when we hold our Patrol Dog Certification.
K-9 Vest Grant
Braddock has retired, although it was sad to see him go, it was well deserved. Braddock did an invaluable service to the Port Huron Police Department and the Citizens of Port Huron. Since Braddock's retirement this vest has been handed down to Officer Sly's present partner K9 Knight. Knight has already established himself as another very valuable asset for the Department. Knight will continue to have the protection of this vest and we wish him continued success..
Braddock (Officer Sly's Partner) has been graciously included in this grant. If you are willing and able, we ask that you give $10.00 donation to the fund to continue to help protect Police Officers K-9 partners all over the country, not just in Port Huron.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Port Huron Police Department is pleased to announce it has partnered with Vested Interest in K-9’s to purchase a ballistic vest for its K-9 Braddock.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Its mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.
K-9 Braddock has been working with Port Huron Police Officer Jennifer Sly since 2010. He is a Dutch Shepard, and has been trained in drug detection, tracking and subject apprehension. The acquiring of this ballistic vest will help protect Braddock from gunshot or stabbing while working in the field.
Vested Interest in K-9’s has been selected by GROUPON to participate in a nationwide campaign to raise additional funding for the estimated 30,000 K-9’s working in various agencies throughout the country. The “Occasions” GROUPON campaign runs from February 15th through March 5th and allows donors to contribute to the charity. The $10 GROUPON can be purchased at www.groupon.com/k9s during this time or donations can be made either through Vested Interest’s website at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718. Donations are tax deductible. Questions or inquires regarding the program or volunteering can be directed to Vested Interest in K-9’s at 508-824-6978.
Captain Jeff Baker