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K-9’s feted at Police Hall of Fame Ceremony

Police Dogs and their handlers held center stage at an award and grant ceremony recently at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, Florida. In the award segment of the ceremony, Titusville’s K-9 Bach and his handler, Officer Kevin Hickey, received awards from the American Police Hall of Fame. K-9 Bach, an almost four year old Belgian Malinois who has been with the department for two years, received a K-9 Service award for his instrumental actions in securing the capture of a suspect arrested for breaking into vehicles. Officer Hickey, who joined the Titusville Police Department in December of 1997, received an Outstanding Commendation award based upon his outstanding service for the city of Titusville in 2002 that culminated in his selection as both the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Florida Chiefs of Police Association’s “2002 Police Officer of the Year.”

In the grant segment of the ceremony, Sergeant Scott Wilson, Assistant Police Chief of Prosperity, South Carolina (pop. 1,500) was on hand to receive a $4,300 grant from the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) to use for the purchase and training of the city’s first police K-9 who will provide narcotics detection and search and rescue operations. This grant arose from NACOP’s K-9 Program that provides funding obtained from across the United States to departments to add a dog to an existing program or obtain their first K-9. K-9 grants have been provided to police departments in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan and South Carolina.

Titusville’s Mayor Ron Swank was on hand to participate in the ceremony, during which he presented Officer Hickey with a letter from the city of Titusville expressing thanks to Officer Hickey for his efforts for the city and congratulations on his awards. Mayor Swank closed the ceremony with words of encouragement for Sgt. Wilson, and of gratitude to the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum for their support of this and other national programs.