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Houstonian to be honored on ‘Steve Harvey’ show

Congrats to K9s4COPs’ founder Kristi Schiller, who is being honored as a “Harvey’s Hero” Thursday on the “Steve Harvey Show.” The talk show airs at 3 p.m. on KRIV, Fox 26.

In 2010 Schiller founded the nonprofit group that supplies crime-fighting dogs to police departments around the country.

“In Houston alone,” she tells Harvey, “our K9s have resulted in over 400 arrests and taken $3.5 million worth of cash and over 85 weapons off the streets. We had one dog, in one night, do a $23 million bust. Why would you not want that for your department?”

Tight law enforcement budgets are to blame, she knows. That’s why she decided to step in with private funds.

“At K9s4COPs,” she tells the TV audience, “we feel that your safety shouldn’t be hindered, your streets should not be less safe, because of a budget cut.”

To date, Schiller and her organization have given 89 trained dogs to law enforcement agencies in 19 states. Of the eight officers who appear on stage to thank Schiller for her work, one is Ted Dahlin, an investigator for Harris County Constable Precinct 4.

Schiller was inspired to start K9s4Cops when she learned that Dahlin’s police dog, Blek, was killed in the line of duty. Without her help, Dahlin would have had to raise $10,000 to $15,000 to buy a new police dog.

Source: http://www.chron.com/entertainment/tv/article/Houstonian-to-be-honored-on-Steve-Harvey-show-6217604.php

K9s4COPs takes over Chicago for ‘Steve Harvey Show’

Thursday, K9s4COPs takes over Chicago for the ‘Steve Harvey Show’!

K9s4COPs Founder, Kristi Schiller, receives the honor of being named a “Harvey’s Hero” on Thursday’s episode of the ‘Steve Harvey Show’. Little did Schiller know, there were nine K9 teams from across the country that were coming to surprise her and thank her for starting the organization that enabled them to get their K9 partner.

Between the tears, barking and laughter, Schiller explains her inspiration for K9s4COPs (Spoiler alert: He surprises her, too.) how K9s4COPs has grown, the impact they have had in your communities, and how you can help out!

Check out www.SteveHarveyTV.com/watch to find channel availability and air time in your area.

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Steve Harvey Show, NBC Studios, Chicago, IL
(Left to Right) Officer Matt Krembs & K9 Aron (Everest Metro Police Department– Schofield, WI) Deputy Ted Dahlin (Harris County Constable’s Office PCT 4– Houston, TX), K9s4COPs Founder Kristi Schiller, Steve Harvey

 

Kristi Schiller named “Harvey’s Hero”

K9s4COPs Founder, Kristi Schiller, receives the honor of being named a “Harvey’s Hero” on Thursday’s episode of the ‘Steve Harvey Show’. Little did Schiller know, there were nine K9 teams from across the country that were coming to surprise her and thank her for starting the organization that enabled them to get their K9 partner.

Between the tears, barking and laughter, Schiller explains her inspiration for K9s4COPs (Spoiler alert: He surprises her, too.) how K9s4COPs has grown, the impact they have had in your communities, and how you can help out!

Check out www.SteveHarveyTV.com/watch to find channel availability and air time in your area.

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Steve Harvey Show, NBC Studios, Chicago, IL
(Left to Right) Officer Matt Krembs & K9 Aron (Everest Metro Police Department– Schofield, WI) Deputy Ted Dahlin (Harris County Constable’s Office PCT 4– Houston, TX), K9s4COPs Founder Kristi Schiller, Steve Harvey

 

4TH ANNUAL UNLEASHED “ROCK OF AGES”

SAVE THE DATE!
4th Annual Unleashed + Hard Dog/Fast Dog

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
6pm–11pm
Bayou City Events Center
Houston, Texas

Theme: Rock of Ages
Entertainment: “Back In Black” – AC/DC Tribute Band
Ticket & table info coming soon!

MORE INFO & DETAILS COMING SOON!

K9s4COPs 4th Anniversary & ‘K9s4COPs Day’!

On March 25, K9s4COPs celebrates their 4 year anniversary!

In this short amount of time, they have granted 83 K9s to 53 agencies and 5 schools in 17 states and removed $50 million worth of contraband & cash from the streets of your communities.

K9 Fox
K9 Fox

They don’t stop there though. In December, K9s4COPs partnered with AMK9 Academy in Alabama to place returning “Hero Dogs” from Afghanistan into police departments and has now successfully placed ten Afghan dogs. One of these Hero Dogs, K9 Fox, has even been nominated for the American Humane Society’s 2015 Hero Dog Awards.

 

K9-Gus
K9 Gus

 

Due to all the great work that K9s4COPs has done in their home state of Texas, and all across the country, the State of Texas is recognizing March 26, 2015 as ‘K9s4COPs Day‘. Founder Kristi Schiller will be honored in front of the House and Senate sessions on the morning of Thursday, March 26 at the Texas Capitol in Austin, TX. K9s4COPs’ K9 Gus with Travis County Sheriff’s Office will also be in attendance to represent the organization. Gus is a Dual Purpose Narcotics K9 and was granted to TCSO in 2013. Gus passed all his certifications in July 2014 and since then has removed $60,000 in cash, $10,000 in narcotics, one apprehension and three firearms from the streets of Travis County.

Meet K9 Apo!!

County Council recognizes members of

Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, Guru and Apo

K-9 Apo

The safety and security of Delaware County government and Court operations have the added security of two canine deputies. These K-9 officers and their handlers assist in many law enforcement duties from searching for and detecting explosives, keeping order in the courtrooms, and subduing criminals. Many in law enforcement will attest to the effectiveness of dogs in public safety situations.

They also have a role in educating young people about law enforcement and are popular visitors at student programs. We just had one of our K-9s visit with 85 students from Media Elementary School last week.

The K-9 unit was started in 2000 when our President Judge, Chad Kenney, was the sheriff.

At the Feb. 25 County Council meeting, County Council recognized two of the Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officers, Guru, who is retiring, and the newest member, Apo.

“We are proud to say that Apo is a veteran of Iraq and he has been retrained to serve us here in Delaware County,” said County Councilman John McBlain.

“All of the K-9 unit members and their handlers are highly trained. The dogs also live with their handlers. We are also fortunate to have partners in the community who support our K-9 officers through assistance with veterinary bills and bullet proof vests,” McBlain said.

The K-9 unit comes under the Delaware County Sheriff, Mary McFall Hopper.

She attended the Council meeting with Deputy Sheriff Robert Denney, partner of retired K-9 Guru, and Sgt. Robert Adams and his new partner, K-9 Apo. Our other K-9 officer is K-9 Charlie and his partner, Ervin Smith.

Council also recognized community organizations that support the K-9 unit.

Marge Remolde and the Delaware County Kennel Club provide the K-9 officers with bullet proof vests and goodie bags filled with canine treats and care items.

Anne Thompson, owner of the Barker Lounge, a doggy daycare and boarding facility in Folsom, Ridley Township, has raised $800 toward the veterinary bills for Apo.

Kathryn McCarry, who works at Fitness Four Paws at Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital in Ridley, supports K-9 officers throughout the region by hosting the annual “K-9 Veterans Day” observance to honor service dogs from all organizations.

This year’s “K-9 Veterans Day” event is set for 1-4 p.m. March 14 at Stoney Creek Hospital. At the event, they will honor local K-9 heroes, memorialize fallen K-9 veterans, present K-9 demonstrations, and offer pampering for the dogs including canine massages.

K9s4COPs grants K9 to Austin County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

K9s4COPs grants Austin County Sheriff’s Office with their only police K9, Jack, a single purpose narcotics detection dog.

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K9 Jack with Austin County Sheriff’s Office, granted by K9s4COPs.

In 2014, K9s4COPs partnered up with AMK9 Academy in Alabama, to place returning “Hero Dogs” from Afghanistan into law enforcement agencies across the country.

Austin County Sheriff’s Office applied for K9s4COPs’ grant and received the exciting news that their application had been accepted in December 2014. In January, Deputy John Fullen headed to AMK9 Academy for six weeks to select and train with his new partner. After working with three other dogs, Fullen selected K9 Jack and the two graduated from training on February 6, 2015.

K9 Jack has since “hit the streets” of Austin County with his handler, patrolling over 20 miles of highway and has already gone on four deployments in his first two weeks.

“Jack has come in at a time when we have not had a canine designated for Austin County. There is a strong need for a narcotics canine and he is definitely fulfilling that need and service that we have been without for about two years. Everyday that we have been on duty, Jack has been called out. Having him just gives us that extra tool to catch any money or drugs going up and down our highway and community.” –Deputy John Fullen

K9s4COPs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grants K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools in need. In 4 years, the organization has granted 82 K9s to 50 agencies and 5 schools in 17 states. Each K9 costs between $10,000-$15,000, depending on their purpose. The grant provided by K9s4COPs pays for the cost of the K9, as well as the training for the officer and his K9 partner. To learn more about K9s4COPs or to donate, please visit www.K9s4COPs.org.

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Deputy John Fullen and K9 Jack with Austin County Sheriff’s Office and Kristi Schiller, Founder of K9s4COPs on February 23, 2015 at the Austin County Courthouse.