The Hometown Foundation, Inc. with Key Bank Donates New GPS Tracking Collar to Stamford PD K-9 Unit

A Police K-9 Officer, at a Project Blue Paw event at Trumbull High School with Best Buddies. participant.

Police K-9 Officer Badge of the Stamford Police Department has received a brand new Alpha 100/TT 15 Dog Track and Train System by Garmin. In conjunction with Key Bank, The Hometown Foundation, Inc., was able to donate the Alpha 100/TT which has state of the art capabilities. The device is a crucial component for K-9 Badge’s Handler, Officer Mark Vitti, to help keep track of his K-9 at all times. It can also help K-9 Officer Mark Vitti measure the area being searched, determine the direction K-9 Badge travels, and has Geo-Fence alerts and e-collar training. The pinpoint accuracy that this collar provides of Badge’s location is imperative in ensuring his safety while he serves with the Stamford Police Department.

With ‘Emergency Response Personnel’ being one of The Hometown Foundation, Inc.’s core initiatives, they are no stranger to supporting local and national Police Departments. One program they facilitate is K-9 Awareness Month. This is a multifaceted campaign held every February consisting of in-store fundraising, cash collection boxes in local businesses, T-shirt sales, the Blue Jeans for Blue Paws Program, and much more. Other events and fundraisers are held throughout the year to raise funds for K-9 Units across the country. The proceeds that are collected are used for purchasing Police K-9s, GPS tracking collars, training, and necessary safety equipment for the K-9s.

The funds raised are also used to fuel our Project Blue Paw Program, which is an initiative run by The Hometown Foundation, Inc. and Best Buddies and aims to give high school students the opportunity to learn how K-9s are trained for police and military work. The program also educates the students about trauma, and behavioral and occupational aspects of Police K-9s. Children with intellectual disabilities are also included in the program in order to make new friends and interact with local, community and law enforcement leaders.

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. & Key Bank are ecstatic to donate this advanced technology to the Stamford PD K-9 Unit and hope it will assist them in their future endeavors. We would like to thank Key Bank for sponsoring The Hometown Foundation, Inc.’s K-9 Awareness Month and being a proud partner. If you are looking for ways to get involved, such as this one, please visit HometownFoundation.org.

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