April Newsletter

Handler of the Month: Chris Knowlton

Sergeant Knowlton grew up in Minnesota, coping with a a mother addicted to narcotics and alcohol. One day, a local officer who had heard of the Chris’ home-issues, offered him his personal phone number with a promise “if you ever need me, call me”. Knowlton found himself dialing the his number shortly after, when he found his mother over dosing on heroin. As promised, the officer personally came out and removed him from the dangerous environment and sought a safe haven for the young boy — eventually being placed in the hands of family in Texas. With this new beginning and new found hope, Chris Knowlton embarked on a journey to “impact someone the way [he] was impacted”, that is by becoming a police officer.

Chris has worked hard at Center Texas Police Department, serving as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, and newly appointed Sergeant. Accompanying these achievements, in 2016, he was gifted K9 Elliot by The  Reel ‘Em In Foundation, founded by Minnesota Viking player Brian Robison. Chris felt an extra special connection towards this gifting, given his Minnesota upbringing, saying “I was raised loving the Minnesota Vikings, and here I was given a K9 by a Viking player himself. It doesn’t seem like a stretch to me, it just shows that everything happens for a reason. This was a true blessing.”

Since their union, K9 Elliot and Sergeant Knowlton have made a significant impact on their community. “Center has a larger crime rate in narcotics coupled by a low income rate, so there is a high need for a narcotics dog in our area. Word on the street about [K9] Elliot spread quickly, because he had to be deployed multiple times within the first couple of days of being on duty.”

Not only have the pair successfully tackled crime in Center, but they have also managed to break barriers with the community’s youth. “At a young age, these kids are raised to not trust us. But when your walking around with a dog, these children stop and like to ask questions about the K9. [K9] Elliot has helped to knock down these perceived barriers and allow me to start building relationships with this next generation.”

In the words of Sergeant Chris Knowlton, K9 Elliot is a hero, peace-maker, and his “best friend”. From their first encounter, Houston K9 Academy trainers Jazz and Jason said that they had never seen a canine bond as quickly as K9 Elliot did with Knowlton. “I never expected to fall in love with a K9 the way I have with Elliot. He’s my best friend, there’s no doubt”.

“I owe so much to K9s4COPs for everything they have done for me, and for connecting me to the Brian Robison Reel ‘Em In Foundation. Everything happens for a reason, and this whole process has just been a huge blessing for me.”

THANK YOU SERGEANT CHRIS KNOWLTON!

K9 Apo Honored by AKC

K-9 Apo was re certified in explosive detection on 3-24-17 by NPCA, and continues to be one of the best bomb dogs Delaware County has ever seen. On April 8th, he received an award from the AKC for his high honor of being a war veteran and doing many demos for Delaware County!

THANK YOU K9 APO!

Brian Robison’s Reel ‘Em In Fishing Tournament Donates ALL Proceeds to K9s4COPs!

Pictured: Deputy Ted Dahlin, Sergeant Chris Knowlton with K9 Elliot, and DE Minnesota Viking’s player Brian Robison

We are incredibly grateful partner with the Brian Robison Reel ’em In Foundation fishing tournament! We enjoyed coming out to demonstrate what our K9s do best and partake in the festivities.

A huge thank you to Brian and Jayme Robison for putting on such an amazing event and contributing so much to K9s4COPs!

Click here to read more about the event and see more pictures! 

K9s4COPs Celebrates Deputy Madison Sperry & K9 Leman’s Graduation!

A huge thank you our executive board member Laurie Krohn, Krohn Racing, and Valobra Master Jewelers for hosting a post-grad celebration for K9 LeMans and Deputy Sperry. We are so proud of our graduates and cannot wait to see the positive impact these two make on our community!
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March Newsletter


Hats Off To Our Recent Graduates!

Congratulations to Deputy Sperry & K9 LeMans, Deputy Johnson & K9 Lethal, and Deputy Jones & K9 Bax for GRADUATING from Houston K9 Academy today! We are so excited to see the impact these officers will make in their community.


Cast a Line for a REEL Good Cause

SAVE THE DATE!

This year, NFL athletes and pro-bass anglers will come together on April 1-2 at Sam Rayburn Lake for an open fishing tournament, live and silent auction, an indulgent VIP dinner and an opportunity to mix and mingle with athletes and anglers such as Adrian Peterson, Terence Newman, Mike Iaconelli and Keith Combs to benefit K9s4COPs!

Please visit www.brianrobison96.com for more details!


K9s4COPs at the first annual
Spirit of Texas Festival!

A big thank you to Sheriff Ed Gonzales of the Harris Country Sheriff’s office for allowing K9s Ziko and Kyra, and their handlers Deputy Ted Dahlin and Sergeant Chris Moore, to host a live demonstration at the Spirit of Texas Festival.

Click here to see a video of the live demonstration!


K9s4COPs Takes a Bite Out of Competition at Houston Rodeo

Hard Dog Fast Dog CHAMPION:

K9 Rocco
7 Years Old
Dual purpose explosive/patrol canine
Handler Deputy Bryan Collins

When you think of the Houston Rodeo, super fast, long jumping dogs aren’t normally what comes to mind. Tuesday night though, K9s4COPs brought out 12 K-9 officers to show off their speed and power in the Hard Dog/Fast Dog Exhibition. The competition shows K-9 officers being released to tackle decoys, and they’re judged by how fast they reach the suspect and how they commit to the bite


Six Years of Making a Difference

Tomorrow, March 25th, K9s4COPs will be celebrating SIX YEARS of gifting K9 partners to agencies that don’t have it in their budget.

Six years ago, it started with one K9 officer — Now we’re approaching almost 150 K9s in 31 states! We couldn’t have done it without YOUR support and donations. Thank you for joining us in the fight against crime!

Birthday gifts? Although our K9s would love a Kong or treat, they would rather have your generous support to continue our mission! If you would like to contribute to K9s4COPs, feel free to hit the donation link below. Thank you!

Click here to give the gift that keeps on giving!

February Newsletter


K9 SPOTLIGHT


A big shoutout to Officer K9 Beny, who alerted $16,000 on I-10 East! 


Show a Little Love This February

In the spirit of Valentine’s Week, K9s4COPs is introducing a fundraising campaign aimed to spread the love!


Each day leading up to Valentine’s Day, K94COPs is releasing a special K9 that you can “adopt” as your Valentine with a $90 donation. Your chosen K9 will then send you a special K9s4COPs care package, including a custom signed card and photo thanking you!

Adopt Your K9 Valentine Now!

The Real MVPs of the 2017 Super Bowl

K9 Officers and their partners enjoyed keeping this year’s Super Bowl safe, while sniffing for narcotics, weapons, and explosives. Thanks to the real MVPs, Super Bowl LI was a huge success and no K9s were responsible for deflated footballs!

The Gifting of Two K9 Officers

K9s4COPs is proud to be a part of this year’s American Rodeo! Join us February 19th, to watch us gift two of our latest dogs. For tickets, please click here. Use the code “K9s4Cops”, for a special BUY ONE TICKET GET ONE 1/2 OFF discount, starting now thru Feb. 19.

A New Texas Tradition, Benefitting K9s4COPs

Join us March 2nd-5th, at the first annual Spirit of Texas Festival!
This annual 4-day charity event held at the Wolf Pen Creek (College Station, Texas), will benefit K9s4COPs, Ronald McDonald House and other local charities. We will have live demonstrations and a booth set up, so make sure to come out and support this wonderful cause!

It’s Rodeo Time!

It’s almost March, meaning it’s Houston Rodeo time!
March 7th at 6pm, K9s4COPs will be doing a live demonstration at the annual Houston Rodeo. Our officers are excited and the K9s are revved up. Make sure to grab your rodeo tickets here, and mark your calendars to see our K9s in action!

Hudson and K9s4COPs to Gift K9 to Fayetteville Police Department

 

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Photo: Landon Ash, CEO of Xtreme Concepts, Chief Harold Medlock, Matt Pierce, K9 Trainer, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Roseann Rogers, K9s4COPS Executive Director and Mayor Nat Robertson.

On June 3rd U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) joined  Mayor Nat Robertson, Chief Harold Medlock and K9s4COPs to present a donated arson K9 partner to the Fayetteville Police Department.

Rep. Hudson heard about the Fayetteville Police Department’s need for an arson K9 and contacted K9s4COPS, a Houston based non-profit. The gift and training of the K9 was made possible by the generosity of Landon Ash, CEO of Xtreme Concepts based in Anniston, Alabama.

View the full story here.

K9s4COPS Awarded FBI Director’s Award

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Photo: K9s4COPS Founder Kristi Schiller receiving the award on behalf of K9s4COPS by Director James Comey in Washington DC on April 15 2016.

K9s4COPS was in Washington D.C. last weekend to receive the FBI Director’s 2015 Community Leadership Award. The award is given to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in the United States. We are THRILLED to have this amazing honor.

View the full story here.

INAUGURAL BRIAN ROBISON “REEL ‘EM IN FOUNDATION” TOURNAMENT IN EAST TEXAS RAISED $27,800 FOR K9S4COPS

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Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson and Lake Fork Guide Jason Hoffman
Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson and Lake Fork Guide Jason Hoffman
Lake Fork Guide Skeeter Fowler, Brian Robison, and Grand Champion Winners Tony and Tommy Climer
Lake Fork Guide Skeeter Fowler, Brian Robison, and Grand Champion Winners Tony and Tommy Climer
Deputy Jones, K9 Hawk, K9s4COPS Founder Kristi Schiller, Brian and Jayme Robiso, K9s4COPS Executive Director Roseann Rogers, Deputy Zuniga and K9 Chapo
Deputy Jones, K9 Hawk, K9s4COPS Founder Kristi Schiller, Brian and Jayme Robiso, K9s4COPS Executive Director Roseann Rogers, Deputy Zuniga and K9 Chapo
Silent Auction Items
Silent Auction Items
VIP Fishing Tournament Group
VIP Fishing Tournament Group

 

INAUGURAL BRIAN ROBISON “REEL ‘EM IN FOUNDATION” TOURNAMENT IN EAST TEXAS RAISED $27,800 FOR K9S4COPS

NFL Athletes and East Texas Locals Rally to Donate Trained Canine Officers to Law Enforcement

 

DALLAS, TEXAS (April 14, 2016)- This past weekend, April 8-10, NFL celebrity athletes, including Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and members of the University of Texas Longhorns 2005 national championship team, cast their rods alongside local fishermen on the waters of Lake Fork, Texas for the inaugural Brian Robison “Reel ‘Em In Foundation” bass fishing tournament benefiting Texas nonprofit K9s4COPS. By the end of the weekend, the Reel ‘Em In Foundation raised nearly $27,800 for K9s4COPS, covering the cost of at least two K9s for a law enforcement agencies in need.

 

Minnesota Vikings Defensive End and former UT Longhorn, Brian Robison welcomed Vikings teammate Adrian Peterson, Vikings teammate and former Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Terence Newman, and former Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Jason Hatcher to East Texas. The tournament also served as a reunion for Brian and his former UT Longhorns teammates, including NFL Veteran Jordan Shipley, former Houston Texans Offensive Guard Kasey Studdard, NFL Veteran Quan Cosby, and former UT Longhorn Offensive Tackle Tully Janszen. K9s4COPS Founder Kristi Schiller was also in attendance, along with Dallas canine police officers K9 Chapo and K9 Hawk, representing K9s4COPS.

 

Highlights of the tournament included a thrilling demonstration by K9s Chapo and Hawk, meet-and-greets with the attending celebrity athletes and live commentary during weigh-ins by professional angler Bernard “Fat Cat” Newton. Overall, 44 teams participated in the tournament. Top winners were: 

 

1st Place ($3,000)- Tommy and Tony Climer

2nd Place- Steve Hodge and Shawn O’Malley

3rd Place- Paris Nelson and Al Jordan

 

The tournament featured a live auction, including opportunities to fish with celebrity athletes paired with a guide in the VIP tournament the following day, packages including lodging and guided fishing trips in Minnesota and Texas and a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico.

 

REIF also hosted a silent auction using QTEGO bidding technology, which allowed participants to bid from anywhere in the nation using smart phones. Top silent auction items included a golf hat signed by PGA Professional Jordan Spieth, jerseys signed by Brian Robison, Adrian Peterson, and Teddy Bridgewater, and a Dallas Cowboys official helmet autographed by Troy Aikman.

 

DropBox Link to Event Photos:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/72681udck3bantt/AAC7-ziIgsY0-kkD_XB0zsGFa?dl=0

 

About The Brian Robison “Reel ‘Em In” Foundation

Veteran Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison and wife Jayme founded the Reel ‘Em In Foundation in 2015 with a mission to give back to local communities in Minnesota and Robison’s home state of Texas. The Reel ‘Em In Foundation (REIF) combines Robison’s passion for fishing with the couple’s devotion to aligning with existing charitable organizations to benefit those in need. Each year, REIF is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for a chosen charitable organization through two marquee fishing tournaments, held in Minnesota and Texas. In 2016, REIF has united with K9s4COPS, a national organization that provides canines to law enforcement agencies, school districts and college campuses across the United States. For more information on REIF, please visit http://brianrobison96.com/.

 

About K9s4COPS

K9s4COPS is a national nonprofit organization that grants fully trained K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools. K9s4cops is responsible for taking more than 100 million dollars’ worth of contraband off the streets. Today, K9s4COPS has placed more than 130 K9s in 80 different agencies and school districts in 31 states across the United States. Most recently, K9s4COPS granted its first international K9 to the French National (RAID) Police in Paris, France. K9 Libertè was granted to supplement their K9 that was killed in the line of duty during the November terrorist attacks on the city. For more information on K9s4COPS, please visit http://k9s4cops.org/

 

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WOIO Cleveland: Officer Davis and K9 Tuko Arrive Safely in Ohio

Office Davis and K9 Tuko landed safely in Ohio on Tuesday. Photo Courtesy of WOIO Ohio
Office Davis and K9 Tuko landed safely in Ohio on Tuesday. Photo Courtesy of WOIO Ohio

Thank you to everyone who made Officer Davis’ trip to Houston a success. United Airlines provided roundtrip flights for Officer Davis, and his new partner Tuko. WOIO 19 Cleveland even sent a reporter to Houston, Texas to keep everyone up to date on Officer Davis’ search for his new partner.

The trip ended Tuesday when Officer Davis returned to Ohio with a new partner- K9 Tuko. Tuko now begins a 15-week officer training course. WOIO has the full story HERE

Fox 26 Houston: Officer Davis has 3 Finalists for New Partner

Ohio Police Officer Ryan Davis lost his K9 partner Jethro in the line of duty. He is shown with his new partner, Tuko granted by K9s4COPs. Photo courtesy of Fox 26 Houston
Ohio Police Officer Ryan Davis lost his K9 partner Jethro in the line of duty. He is shown with a finalist for his new partner. After making his final decision, Officer Davis will be granted the K9 by K9s4COPs. Photo courtesy of Fox 26 Houston

Officer Ryan Davis has narrowed down the search for his new partner to three K9s.  Fox 26 Houston has the full story HERE.

Davis told reporters that this experience, “one of the most emotional decisions” he’s ever had to make.