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Friends of Rockford Police K9 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that relies exclusively on donations to maintain and expand the Rockford Police Department K9 Unit. The funds we raise are integral to the development of some of the country's most talented police canine teams, including canine acquisition, best-in-class training, specialized equipment and vehicles, and ongoing support. More importantly, they make our community safer.
Volunteers help Friends of Rockford K9 raise funds to put police dogs on the street. The Rockford Police K9 Unit relies on successful fund-raising events. These events are only possible if we have volunteers to carry the load.
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Officer Geiken and Sully talk about the 2019 Friends of Rockford Police K9 fundraiser
Fun K9 Facts
A canine has the ability to smell 100,000 times stronger than a human.
A properly trained police dog saves 600-1000 man-hours every year.
K9 officers reduce the risk to human officers by alerting to danger long before a human can detect it.
A canine's presence often prevents escalation of force.
K9 handlers are more likely to be involved in a use of force incident than a regular deputy or patrol officer.
K9 officers may not know who the "bad guy" is so it is important to cooperate with police if you encounter one.
K9 officers live with their handlers. This promotes a better bond, but they are not treated as a "pet."
Most K9 officers come from Europe.