K9s4COPs was honored to be back at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for our 6th annual Hard Dog, Fast Dog competition. Make sure you watch our highlight video, this event is AWESOME!
Videography: Jeb at Captiv Creative
As the semester comes to an end, the Strategic Philanthropy class at Mays Business School has been been busy deciding on how to distribute $62,500 in grant funding.
The students in the class evaluated 43 nonprofit applications from Bryan and College Station. K9s4COPs is so excited to announce we are one of the five nonprofits to receive funding. We are so grateful for the support from The Philanthropy Lab and a newfound partnership with the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation’s Community Grant Program, Texas A&M University, and Mays Business School. The $12,500 grant we received will go to purchase a K9 officer!
This fall, we invited PSDK-9 out to Schiller Ranch to train some of our paw-some K9 officers and handlers. Below is a video of K9 Gibbs demonstrating obedience.
Click the picture above or HERE to see an awesome video from the Reel ‘Em In Foundation tournament in Wabasha, MN. We are so thankful to have the support from Brian and Jayme Robison! K9s4COPs would not be what it is today without their overwhelming support!
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.
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.
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
K9s4COPs grants Austin County Sheriff’s Office with their only police K9, Jack, a single purpose narcotics detection dog.
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.
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.