Monday, April 13, 2015

WRPD K9 to Receive Protective Vest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nationwide Groupon Campaign raises over $335,000 for law enforcement K9 protective vests

The Warner Robins Police Department’s K9 Rasty will be receiving a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has raised over $335,000.00.

The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.   Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.   

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 7" plush stuffed German Shepherd K9 Hero, "Cesar", and company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. now for sale online for $15.00 at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police".
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc a 501c (3) organization is still accepting donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

In 2013, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The nonprofit organization raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which provided ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states.  There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States. 

ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1349 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million dollars.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. 

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org

ABOUT K9 RASTY

Rasty is a seven year old German Shepherd.  He’s been with the Warner Robins Police Department for five years. He only responds to commands in Czechoslovakian. His handler, Sergeant James Bish was named 2014’s Officer of the Year. He is the first K9 with the Warner Robins Police to receive a safety protective vest.


“Its great that he’s getting a protective vest, because we deploy with the SWAT team and he’s more likely to face people that want to hurt him. Rasty is an officer just like I am, so it’s nice to have that protection.”  Said Rasty’s handler, Sergeant James Bish.

Friday, April 10, 2015

WRPD Officers Recognized by MADD



Congratulations Sgt. Randy Evans and Ofc. Chris Fussell on receiving the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Achievement Award during the MADD Georgia Golden Shield Honor Awards Law Enforcement Banquet in Atlanta! 
We're so proud of you both! Great Job!




Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WRPD Sells T-shirts and Hats to Raise Money for Special Olympics

We are once again selling shirts and hats to raise money for the athletes of Georgia Special Olympics. 
Last year the Georgia Law Enforcement Torch Run community raised $800,000 for Georgia Special Olympics. This year we would like to top $1,000,000.
The shirt is a dry fit running shirt, and is fluorescent green. The sizes are all adult size – small, medium, large, XL , 2X and 3X

The hats are tan or digital camouflage, one size fits all. 

All items are $10 each. 

If you'd like to support Georgia Special Olympics this year by purchasing one or both of these items please contact Captain John Clay at jclay@wrga.gov.


Monday, March 30, 2015

WRPD Partners with FBI to Host Active Shooter Training

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 30, 2015

Warner Robins Police Department Partners with FBI to Host Active Shooter Training for Central Georgia area Law Enforcement Officers 

ATLANTA— The FBI’s Atlanta Field Office, in conjunction with Warner Robins Police Department, will host a two day Active Shooter (ALERRT Level 1) course designed to prepare the first responder to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter.  This dynamic course of instruction is offered to all Central Georgia area law enforcement officers.



Day 1: March 31st, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Day 2: April 1st, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Location:  Warner Robins Police Department Training Center
           212 Stalnaker Avenue, Warner Robins, GA 31088

Members of the media are invited to attend and film. Interviews of attending Law Enforcement personnel can be coordinated as well. 


For coordination or assistance, contact Jennifer Parson, Warner Robins Police Public Information Officer, tel. (478)302-5417.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Next Coffee with a Cop at Chick-fil-A on Hwy 96

Join us for our next Coffee with a Cop on Monday, April 27, 2015 from 8AM-10AM at Chick fil-A on Highway 96 in Bonaire. 


On Monday, April 27, 2015 from 8AM to 10AM officers with the Warner Robins Police Department will be available to meet with community members at Chick-fil-A on Highway 96.

This event will be the department’s fourth Coffee with a Cop, but first time at Chick-fil-A on Highway 96. “We’re excited for this edition of Coffee with a Cop. We enjoy listening to our residents’ concerns and hope more people feel comfortable coming out and talking to us at this event.” said Chief Brett Evans. 

Coffee with a Cop is an informal event where residents can meet with our officers to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice,
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Departments across the country are holding
events like this in an effort to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving
relationships between police officer and community members, one cup of coffee at a time.


For more information please contact Public Information Officer, Jennifer Parson at (478) 302-5417.