Port Huron Police K9 Units
The Port Huron Police Department presently has 2 working dogs what are certified in a number of operational specialties. K-9 handlers Officer Jennifer Sly, and Officer Chad Smith take great pride in the work their partners are able to perform, and they are a very valuable assets to the Port Huron Police Department.
Officer Sly is a 16 year veteran of the Port Huron Police Department. She has been a K-9 handler since May 2004. Braddock is a Dutch Shepard and Belgian Malinois cross. He is currently certified in Patrol, Narcotics and Tracking. Braddock loves going to training day, and to work, he also enjoys running around playing in the snow with the other dogs he lives with.
Blaze, a 1 1/2 year old German Shephard, was born in the Czech Republic and began his career with the department in October of 2016 thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. Dorthea Knight. Canine Blaze is assigned to Officer Chad Smith as his handler. Canine Blaze and Officer Smith are certified in narcotic detection and tracking through the United States Police Canine Association to assist officers in locating narcotics and/or locating human body odor. Officer Chad Smith and Canine Blaze work as a team to help combat the drug problems within the City Of Port Huron and throughout St. Clair County.
K-9 Vest Grant
Braddock (Officer Sly's Partner) has been graciously included in this grant. If you are willing and able, we ask that you give $10.00 donation to the fund to continue to help protect Police Officers K-9 partners all over the country, not just in Port Huron.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Port Huron Police Department is pleased to announce it has partnered with Vested Interest in K-9’s to purchase a ballistic vest for its K-9 Braddock.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Its mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.
K-9 Braddock has been working with Port Huron Police Officer Jennifer Sly since 2010. He is a Dutch Shepard, and has been trained in drug detection, tracking and subject apprehension. The acquiring of this ballistic vest will help protect Braddock from gunshot or stabbing while working in the field.
Vested Interest in K-9’s has been selected by GROUPON to participate in a nationwide campaign to raise additional funding for the estimated 30,000 K-9’s working in various agencies throughout the country. The “Occasions” GROUPON campaign runs from February 15th through March 5th and allows donors to contribute to the charity. The $10 GROUPON can be purchased at www.groupon.com/k9s during this time or donations can be made either through Vested Interest’s website at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718. Donations are tax deductible. Questions or inquires regarding the program or volunteering can be directed to Vested Interest in K-9’s at 508-824-6978.
Captain Jeff Baker