The K-9 unit of the Hendersonville Police Department decided to retire Bak, a 10-year veteran and member of their highly trained team. K-9 handler, Officer Pete Laite approached STAND T.A.L.L. for possible help in acquiring their next K-9. Previously, funds had been raised to provide the HPD K-9s with bulletproof vests. Knowing this, Officer Laite requested that those funds be applied instead to pay $3000 for a 16-week/600 hour K-9 training course that would assist HPD training and deploying a new dog.
The STAND T.A.L.L. Board agreed that if the HPD purchased a new dog, the funds could be applied to the costs for the advanced K-9 certification training. Officer Laite completed the multi-day evaluation and subsequent purchase of Sunny, a 2-year old Belgian Malinois. The funds for the advanced training were paid in full allowing Officer Laite and Sunny to enroll in the training course conducted by NAPWDA Master Trainer Doug Wannemacher, through the Greenville, SC County Sheriff’s Office.
In late March, Pete and Sunny successfully completed the course and have begun working as HPD’s newest members of the Hendersonville K-9 division. “If it weren’t for the wonderful people at STAND T.A.L.L.,” said Officer Laite, “this would never have been possible. That would have left our department with only one patrol K-9 available for duty. Their organization really stepped up to provide us with the necessary funds that allowed us to fully train Sunny and get back to adequate strength in our K-9 unit.”
Ron Kauffman, president of STAND T.A.L.L. said, “We’re so proud of our community, because they are the donors who really made this happen. Our entire Board worked hard to raise the funds to send Sunny and Officer Laite to the advanced K-9 training and certification school. We couldn’t have done this without the support and generosity of so many people in Henderson County.”
STAND T.A.L.L. - Thank a Local Lawman© is an ongoing project of the Sentinel Patriot Club of North Carolina, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The organization’s mission includes recognizing law enforcement and supporting the wonderful work they do. Through local donations and grants, we can provide financial assistance for unbudgeted educational needs, department training and specialized equipment for law enforcement. Continued success depends heavily on fundraising from members of the community.
Recently, we celebrated STAND T.A.L.L.’s first anniversary. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished and look forward to doing even more for the benefit of law enforcement in the months ahead.
We continue to receive several requests from our local police departments and the Sheriff’s Office. Our men and women in blue do an amazing job. Their annual budgets rarely provide for all the equipment and training needs and wants, some of which would make aspects of their duties safer and more efficient.
That’s where STAND T.A.L.L. often enters the picture. With support from merchants and donations from members of our local community, we are able to fulfill several requests from local area law enforcement departments.
Supported by area restaurants, cafes and coffee shops throughout the county, our Coffee for Cops program is now in its twelfth month. For one week of every month, one of the participating coffee retailers generously offers all law enforcement personnel free coffee, tea or fountain beverages for the entire week. This is just one way these businesses say thanks. We and local law enforcement appreciate their support of our Coffee for Cops program.