Chester County K9 Officer Fund

$3,125 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 15 months
In Chester County, PA, (4) K9 police officers. You read that right - the dogs that our officers use to sniff for drugs, aid in criminal apprehension, find explosives and countless other duties are officers of the law. They are not, however, quite as fortunate as their human counterparts. They receive no funding from the state or local governments for their day to day upkeep or even safety. Their vet bills, food and especially their protective gear comes out of their handler's own expenses.
These officers are not only part of the police force that they serve, but are also part of the handler's family, as the dogs go home with the handler at the end of the shift. There, they are pets as any other animal and are loved as much. The photo above is one such handler, Chief Curt Martinez with Bouc, aka Butch, a Belgian Malinois.
Butch, and the other K9 officers, need your assistance in procuring safety vests for their protection. These vests help in the same way a bullet-proof vest aids their human counterparts - the vests are rated to a certain bullet caliber and most are stab-proof. Think about that. In the event of a criminal apprehension when a dog is involved, the actor (perpetrator) may be armed with a gun and/or knife. The dog has no defense outside of a vest. The dog will commit to bringing down the offender - and may be injured or killed doing so.
These vests are expensive. Depending on the level of protection, they can run anywhere from $800 to $1500 per vest. What this campaign is to be used for is primarily fund raising for vests for the departments that do not have sponsored animals.

The Sheriff's department K9's have sponsors of their own for vests and expenses. The Chester County Sheriff Department has no association, affiliation or support to this campaign. I'll say that again - the Chester County Sheriff Department will not benefit from any donations from this campaign.

The hope behind this campaign is to reach our initial goal of $8K. At that point each of the 4 dogs will receive an equal percentage of the donations to be used as the department sees fit for each animal.

Let's be clear - all the money will go to the departments. I will not earn anything off this campaign - this is for the K9's!

The campaign will not have a time limit. The funds will be held until the goal is reached, upon which time the funds will be equally dispersed among the agencies with canines.
As an owner of a company that has served the police agencies of Chester County for the past 20 years performing graphics work for the departments (lettering/striping the police vehicles, amoung other tasks), I've gotten to know many of the officers. It's time that I give back to the departments that have supported myself and my business for so long. But I can't do it alone. The departments serve the public, let's try to help them out for a change!

I will be offering window stickers for this campaign, named "I'm a K9 Vest Friend" with the tagline "Helping Buy Vests for Man's Best Friend" that I will be sending out to everyone with a donation of $25 or more. The decal is still in the design phase, but will be posted up for review once complete. For higher levels of donation, I may offer up T-shirts with the same logo... let's see how we do!

Let's make this a public showing of support for not only the K9 officers, but our men and women in blue! I thank you, and they thank you for your support.

Campaign contributions may be tax deductable. I will send an email thanking for your contribution - check with your tax professional. Contributions may be made off-line in the form of cash or check as well.

Please read our updates below this description as the campaign rolls along!
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Join me August 1 between 6PM and dusk at the Caln National Night Out! I will be at or near the Caln Police tent, and Curt and Bouc may even stop by!
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Ok folks, here's the deal. We've had very little forward movement on this campaign, which is a shame. I've also been pressured by the Chester County Sheriff department to either a) end the campaign or b) remove them and try to separate the campaign from what they do. Apparently some people are getting confused that this campaign benefits the Sheriff's department only. It does not. The campaign was intended to benefit all the K9 units, including the Sheriff's office. But since the Sheriff's office holds their own fundraisers for their K9's, it only makes sense to say OK... I'll take your end out of the loop. So, their percentage of donations will be withdrawn from the fund pool and dispersed to the Sheriff's department shortly. That still leaves us with 4 departments that have absolutely no funding and do not do fund drives to benefit their dogs. But, the overall goal will now be reduced - $7000, which will buy some of the top of the line vests for those dogs.

Spread the word!
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Huge thanks to Lincoln University's Ofc. Kevin Thompson and K9 Drake for attending the monthly Avondale Lions Club meeting and presenting a question and answer session about the need for vests and funding overall for K9 officers. The club seemed quite surprised as they learned the steep cost for simply procuring a dog and astounded that the dogs, no matter what department, are not funded at all. Hopefully they will help spread the word - will you?
Ofc Thompson & Drake
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Meeting up with Ofc Kevin Thompson from Lincoln University tonight at the Avondale Lions Club monthly meeting. We're going to try to bring this campaign back to life - it's been stalled for far too long!
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Rick Milne
8 months ago

@Joceline.. The Sheriff dogs are utilized by the department, you just don't see it in the basic context of a township/municipal setting. They do use them for drug, search and rescue and more. Being that they (the dogs) have their own individual funding and the Sheriff's hold their own fundraisers for the K9 units, they will no longer benefit from what this campaign will bring.

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Joceline Hernandez
8 months ago

the Only problem is that The Sheriffs K9 never get used in the field and are only for show at the court house . Why dont you ask the "BUNNY" where all the money goes for there game dinner she is an elected official and it is public record.

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Rick Milne
15 months ago

Campaign logo now in the bag! If you've contributed and want a window sticker, please email me your mailing address, and I'll get one out to you ASAP! Thank you!

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Rick Milne
15 months ago

Actually, not quite Pam. Sheriff K9's are sponsored and that is how they get their vests. No taxpayer money involved to my knowledge. The campaign is to benefit the departments as they see fit. If the department sees a need for a vest for the dog, they are welcome to spend the money allotment that way. The donations will stay in escrow until we hit the target point. Only then will the donations be split evenly among the K9 units - no one department (K9) will get more than another. Should the campaign stall and stagnate, I will end it there and the same disbursement will happen.

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Pam Fentner
15 months ago

I would like to see the money first go to vests for all the dogs and then split up equally. This is because taxpayer money has already been used to buy the other dogs their vests. Their lives matter first!!! My opinion only

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Rick Milne
15 months ago

Thank you Jenna. That outfit (VestAPoliceK9) is a fundraising organization that tries to service the K9 officers nationwide. I'm keeping it local - I live and work here, and the many clients I serve are also in Chester County. It's time that I try to give back as best I can and raise awareness at the same time!

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Jenna Lynn
15 months ago

You should really look into this page, they're doing wonderful things for the Police K9s https://www.facebook.com/VestAPoliceK9/

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$3,125 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 15 months
Created November 6, 2016
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GS
$20
Greg and Lissa St.Clair
3 months ago

Thank you to all the police officers for all they do!

SK
$30
susan k
7 months ago

yeah for K9s and their people, and in appreciation for Police Chief Schurr's kindness in providing me with information that I requested.

SJ
$25
Shane Johnson
8 months ago

Johnson's Tree Service LLC is more than glad to help.

$25
Anonymous
10 months ago
GB
$30
Glenn @ Patricia Bates
13 months ago (Offline Donation)
Rick Milne
8 months ago

@Joceline.. The Sheriff dogs are utilized by the department, you just don't see it in the basic context of a township/municipal setting. They do use them for drug, search and rescue and more. Being that they (the dogs) have their own individual funding and the Sheriff's hold their own fundraisers for the K9 units, they will no longer benefit from what this campaign will bring.

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Joceline Hernandez
8 months ago

the Only problem is that The Sheriffs K9 never get used in the field and are only for show at the court house . Why dont you ask the "BUNNY" where all the money goes for there game dinner she is an elected official and it is public record.

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Rick Milne
15 months ago

Campaign logo now in the bag! If you've contributed and want a window sticker, please email me your mailing address, and I'll get one out to you ASAP! Thank you!

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Rick Milne
15 months ago

Actually, not quite Pam. Sheriff K9's are sponsored and that is how they get their vests. No taxpayer money involved to my knowledge. The campaign is to benefit the departments as they see fit. If the department sees a need for a vest for the dog, they are welcome to spend the money allotment that way. The donations will stay in escrow until we hit the target point. Only then will the donations be split evenly among the K9 units - no one department (K9) will get more than another. Should the campaign stall and stagnate, I will end it there and the same disbursement will happen.

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Pam Fentner
15 months ago

I would like to see the money first go to vests for all the dogs and then split up equally. This is because taxpayer money has already been used to buy the other dogs their vests. Their lives matter first!!! My opinion only

+ Read More
Rick Milne
15 months ago

Thank you Jenna. That outfit (VestAPoliceK9) is a fundraising organization that tries to service the K9 officers nationwide. I'm keeping it local - I live and work here, and the many clients I serve are also in Chester County. It's time that I try to give back as best I can and raise awareness at the same time!

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Jenna Lynn
15 months ago

You should really look into this page, they're doing wonderful things for the Police K9s https://www.facebook.com/VestAPoliceK9/

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