Non-Profit K9s4COPs Offers To Repurpose Illinois Narcotics K9 Dogs That Are Facing Potential Threat Of Euthanasia

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The national non-profit K9s4COPs has offered to accept all of 276 narcotic detection K9s in the state of Illinois and repurpose every K9 to one of the 300 departments on their waiting list for a narcotics trained K9. This proposal being an option, in the event that the state legalizes marijuana and they aren’t able to utilize the certified police canines any longer.

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There is no machine that can do what a K9 is capable of. Their noses are 300,000 to 500,000 stronger than a humans. K9s never ask for over-time or paid vacation. They do this all for the love of a tennis ball. - Kristi Schiller, Founder K9s4COPs & K9s4KIDs

K9s4Cops offer is in response to an article that was published on May 8, 2018 in The Pantagraph that includes a statement from Detective Chad Larner, Director of Training at the K-9 Academy of Macon County, that "a number of dogs would likely have to be euthanized”.

K9s4COPs was founded in 2010 by Chairman Kristi Schiller, to fund the donations of highly trained K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools around the world. These donations would offset the costs of budget cuts, which can deeply affect the K9 unit. In 2014, Schiller founded the initiative K9s4Kids, which provides trained K9s to schools and Universities. The objective of K9s4Kids is to provide a drug-free learning environment. Having a K9 on a campus serves as a constant deterrent against active shooters on school campuses. Currently, K9s4Kids protects over one million students a day in schools through the US. At this time, there are approximately 240 applicant requests from agencies throughout the US that are requesting to be part of the K9s4Cops and K9s4Kids programs. Typically, each law enforcement K9 and continued training can cost in range of $15,000 to $25,000. K9s are often the first to fall to department budget cuts. K9s4COPs fills that void for law enforcement agencies and schools and funds these K9 partners and their training. These funds are provided by private donations, family foundations and corporate sponsors.

“Hands down, a trained K9 is one of the most powerful tools law enforcement can utilize in the war against drugs and in the ability to keep our communities safe,” said Schiller. “K9s4COPs was founded to bridge the gap and ensure that K9 cost never keeps an Officer. K-9's are essential and indispensable tools in the pursuit of narcotics and illegal contraband."

“God Bless Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett for his support to our men and women in blue that K9s are the key to fighting this growing drug epidemic,” said Kristi Schiller. “I ask Sheriff Buffett, a visionary, to stand with K9s4Cops as a call to action to let our Government know that Law Enforcement and places of higher learning that K9s are a huge component for fighting crime."

To date, K9s4COPs, a 501(c)(3) has granted approximately 200 K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools in the US and internationally in Paris, France and Lagos, Nigeria. In less than seven years, K9s4Cops K9s have removed over $300 million worth of contraband from our communities and have assisted in excess of 5,000 felony arrests. Typically, each law enforcement K9 and continued training can cost in range of $15,000 to $25,000. These essential tools are often the first to fall to department budget cuts. K9s4COPs comes to the rescue for law enforcement agencies and schools and funds these K9 partners and their training.

For more information on K9s4COPs or to make a donation, or sponsor a K9 please visit http://www.K9s4COPs.org

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Kristi Schiller
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Kristin Brown, Managing Director
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Kortney Kruse, Director of Communications
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