GRAND ISLE, LA – Opening day of the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo served as the backdrop as Kristi Schiller, Founder & Chairman of K9s4COPs, donated “K9 Officer Gumbeaux” to the Grand Isle Police Department.
“K9 Officer Gumbeaux” is a $15,000 dual purpose narcotic Belgian Malinois and will join his partner after he completes training with Eddie Rodrique III of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.
This donation makes the ninth K9 Officer K9s4COPs has placed in Louisiana, including three K9s with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“This K9 officer is an invaluable asset to our department and the Grand isle community in combating the drub problems plaguing the area,” said newly elected Police Chief Laine Landry.
“K9 Officer Gumbeaux will also allow our department the opportunity to work with the children in our school systems through drug education and awareness programs,” added Landry.
K9 officers are often the first weapons to fall to budget cuts due to cost. In 2010, Schiller founded K9s4COPs to fund the donation of trained K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools around the world in order to offset these concerns.
“We are glad to help any way we can,” said Schiller. “K9s4COPs was founded to bridge the gap and ensure that K9 costs never keep an officer from having their K9 partner.”
Thanks to the efforts of State Representatives Blake Miguez (R-District 49 and K9s4COPs board member) and Jerome “Zee” Zeringue (R- District 52), Governor John Bell Edwards recently signed legislation creating an available Louisiana license plate for the K9s4COPs organization.
Proceeds from the sale of the K9s4COPs license plate will assist in placing additional canines in Louisiana law enforcement agencies and schools.
“Grand Isle and the state of Louisiana are fortunate to be on the receiving end of K9s4COPs’ generous donations,” said Lt. Gov. Billy Nunngusser. “K9s4COPs is a great program and our law enforcement agencies are better equipped thanks to their efforts.”
K9s4COPs has placed over 130 K9s in 33 states and Paris, France. These K9s have removed more than $140 million in contraband from the streets and are responsible for more than 1,850 arrests in barely over five years.
Posted on Fri, August 5, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette