2015-05-28 / Schools

Honor society presents donation to K-9 unit

WEST LONG BRANCH — Members of Alpha Phi Sigma’s Criminal Justice Honor Society at Monmouth University recently presented Sheriff Shaun Golden and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit with a check for $1,000 for the purchase of a new K-9 bulletproof vest.

“We are grateful to Alpha Phi Sigma for their dedication to this cause,” Golden said. “These canine teams deal in narcotics and explosives detection as well as suspect apprehension, and it’s crucial that they are protected while maintaining public safety.”

The funds were raised through the fourth annual Paws for a Cause event that was held in February to raise money for a K-9 bulletproof vest.

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit consists of six teams that specialize in tracking, narcotics, explosives or patrol.

The unit undergoes rigorous ongoing training programs to maintain proficiency in basic skills and ensure continued effective performance in the field.

In 1997, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office lost K-9 Solo, a German shepherd that was shot during an attempted apprehension of a wanted individual.

“These K-9s risk their lives to protect us,” said Katie Musa, president of Alpha Phi Sigma. “Bulletproof vests are expensive, and Alpha Phi Sigma wants to give back and show our appreciation by raising money to vest a canine that needs protection.”

The average cost for a canine vest is $850. The donated funds will be used toward the purchase of a vest for a new K-9 member upon completion of its training.

Donations can be made to the K-9 unit by mailing a check payable to the “Monmouth County Treasurer,” along with a note indicating the funds are for the K-9 unit, to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, 2500 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 07728.

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