Our community is full of incredible people and organizations, out making a difference for others! In this month’s Non-Profit Spotlight we’d like to recognize the Paws 4 Law Foundation!

Paws 4 Law Foundation was founded back in 2012 by local residents and business owners as a non-profit organization to support the City of Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit. Monies raised by its members is used to improve the performance of the K9 Unit to maintain a high quality of life for the active and retired police dogs that serve the City of Murrieta. Through donations and fundraisers, they are able to support the City of Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit with training, safety and agility equipment, training, seminars and competitions for the K9 handlers and their K9 partners, funeral and burial costs for both active and retired K9s and additional service dogs.

For the month of September 2020 Stromsoe Insurance will donate $20 to Paws 4 Law Foundation for every referral that comes to our team!

Learn More about The 2020 Vision Referral Rewards Program HERE…

The MPD currently has five active K9s:

  • K9 Buck, a 7 year old Belgian Malinois, has been with the MPD for 4 years
  • K9 Duke, a 3 year old Bloodhound, has been with the MPD for 2.5 years
  • K9 Lew, a 4 year old Dutch Shepherd, has been with the MPD for 1 year
  • K9 Odin, a 4 year old Belgian Malinois, has been with the MPD for 1 year
  • K9 Mick, a 4 year old Belgian Malinois, has been with the MPD for 2 years

The Paws 4 Law Foundation works hard to support the needs of the City of Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit. We spoke to Officer Bock, handler to 4 year old Dutch Shepherd MPD K9 Lew, to get a better understanding of the value a Police K9 brings to a Department.

Stromsoe Insurance Agency: What kind of training do each of the dogs and their handlers go through initially?
Officer Bock: Initially, all of the dogs receive their training in Europe by their owners from the time they are born until the time we get them. They are typically purchased between the ages of 1.5 – 3 years by each department as needed. Once the handler and the dog are paired together as a team, they attend a 6 week training Basic Handlers Course put on by Adlerhorst International. After the initial handlers course, the K9 team spends a minimum of 10 hours every week training, in addition each handler will attempt to find time throughout each shift to add in additional, individual training for his K9.

Stromsoe Insurance Agency: How much of their time is spent training versus active use?
Officer Bock: I can’t speak for all departments, but there are two main differences that I have discovered with departments and their K9 teams. For example, in Murrieta a K9 team serves as a collateral capacity to assist patrol whereas other departments utilize their teams as a full time responsibility. This means that in Murrieta, although our K9s are with us during every shift, we may not have a need for them during that shift and in turn, assist with patrol duties handling calls for service. In other departments, if they are not responding to a call for service, then their time is spent training.

Stromsoe Insurance Agency: What are some of the misunderstandings you find people have for the K9 unit?
Officer Bock: A common misunderstanding is that the public can approach the dogs and pet them like a family dog. While we do socialize the dogs, they all have different personalities and it is best to ask the handler before approaching.

Stromsoe Insurance Agency: What is the benefit that a K9 Unit brings to a Police Department?
Officer Bock: Our dogs are used for more than just apprehension of a subject. They are often dual trained in apprehension and one other skill set such as tracking or detection. They also can be used to diffuse situations just with their presence.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Due to the Coronavirus, there is not yet a date set for the 4th Annual K9 Trials, but we look forward to seeing K9 teams from throughout Southern California, Mexico and the U.S. Military as they compete for the Top Dog Award and raise awareness for the capabilities of K9 Units to keep their communities safe.

The Paws 4 Law Foundation receives funding through donations and fundraisers, but Coronavirus has impacted their ability to raise funds for their organization. The foundation is looking for any restaurant or business owners willing to host a fundraiser or help with fundraising ideas, please reach out at fundraise@paws4law.org or call (951) 821-8775.

If you would like to help support Paws 4 Law and the City of Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit, please:

  • Check their Website to Learn More and for updates on events such as the 4th Annual K9 Trials
  • Keep an eye out to purchase the NEW MPD K9 stuffed toys with the K9’s name on their vest! Coming to their website soon!
  • Join their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on what The Paws 4 Law Foundation is doing!

For the month of September 2020 Stromsoe Insurance will donate $20 to Paws 4 Law Foundation for every referral that comes to our team!

Learn More about The 2020 Vision Referral Rewards Program HERE…

Would you like to learn more about how we can help protect your non-profit , call your Stromsoe Insurance Total Protection Team at (951) 600-5751 or email insure@siaonline.com today!

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