This week the Spirit of Blue Foundation and the Planet Dog Foundation came together to award the Kane County Sherrif’s Office a $12,500 grant to acquire an explosives detection K9. Explosive detecting K9s are an invaluable asset to their communities and law enforcement agencies but the cost to train these dogs for tracking, handler protection and explosive detection can be a large cost to a department.
The newly trained K9 will be replacing 8 year old Geno, who has been with the department since 2009, and is going into retirement. The new K9 officer will have some big paws to fill. Geno has served his community well with countless explosive searches, missing person searches, suspect apprehensions and was a favorite with the area youth.
Spirit of Blue and the Planet Dog foundation teamed up to make this grant a possibility. The Spirit of Blue Foundation is a non-profit that actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities. They also help fulfill training and safety equipment needs.
Kristen Smith, Executive Director of the Planet Dog Foundation, went to the Kane County Judicial Center to help present the grant. She said it was a wonderful day, and the grant will make a huge difference to a great county-wide program serving over half a million people.
For more information about Spirit of Blue and the Officer Safety Grant, you can go to their website.