This October, Aftermath went to the dogs…the K9 officers, that is. The 2016 Aftermath K9 Grant Competition awarded 5 police departments with K9 grants this year! Aftermath created the annual K9 grant to help offset the cost of creating or maintaining a K9 program. Each year, law enforcement agencies from around the US are encouraged to participate in the competition by gathering votes through word-of-mouth, social media, and local news outlets.
Check out our final recap of the winners, and stay tuned through the new year as we bring you updates and photos of these hard-working animals and their human partners. Congratulations to them all, and Happy New Year to all of our friends! In an effort to provide law enforcement with access to this valuable resource,
Leader of the Pack, K9 Officer Clint
Aftermath’s 2016 Top Dog award went to the Alamogordo Police Department of New Mexico. For their efforts, the small town department received over 33,000 votes and the grand prize grant of $5000. The funds also allowed the community to pay a lasting tribute to Officer Clint Corvinus, who was killed in the line of duty in September. Officer Corvinus spearheaded the initial campaign to acquire a K9 for the department. Pictured above is 10 month old Officer Clint (who goes by Brutus at home). He officially joined the force this December and will be making his first on-duty appearance in January of the coming year. We’re excited to hear more about his progress as he adapts to his role in 2017!
The Top Dogs of 2016
What is a leader without a pack? This year, we had so many great entries that it was hard to award just one grant. Pictured below are three of the four winning departments, each of which took home a K9 grant. We were lucky to have a chance to meet each of these officers this year, and we’re looking forward to learning more about their exploits in the coming year.
Last but Not Least
2016 has been a busy year for many of us, including 5th place K9 Grant winners, the Matteson Police Department of Matteson, Illinois. We’re happy to say we’ll be visiting them in the next few weeks and officially presenting them with their winnings! K9 Officer Xanto and his partner, Officer Strappazon, are trained in search and rescue as well as narcotics detection and suspect apprehension. You can read more about this crime fighting duo on the Village of Matteson website.
The Aftermath K9 Grant is just one aspect of the Aftermath Cares program, aimed at acknowledging first responders for their ongoing efforts to protect and improve their communities. For more information on trauma cleaning services, or to learn more about the relationship between Aftermath and law enforcement, call 877-696-5258 or visit www.aftermath.com.