August 6, 2020 – The Hometown Foundation believes all training starts with the best equipment and resources. That is why we have made it our mission to support as many departments and K-9 Units with the proper equipment so they can train to the best of their ability. Most recently, we donated a customized Demanet Bite Suit to the University of Rhode Island Police Department’s K-9 Unit. The URI Police K-9 Unit consists of two Labrador Retrievers and one German Shepherd.
The URI Police Department has 30 sworn officers who have full police powers and are certified through the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. The URI police are responsible for 5 URI Campuses throughout the state. The K-9 Units are also ATF NORT (National Odor Recognition Test) certified as well as NAPWDA (North American Police Work Dog Association) certified.
This donation was made possible due to the support of Adam’s Hometown Markets and Key Bank with their participation in our Police K-9 Awareness Campaign. Training is a vital component of K-9 Police work that is not publicly funded yet it is critical to the K-9 Unit’s success. Our campaign aims to equip departments with Police K-9s as well as necessary training equipment and opportunities. Our goal is to educate the public about the importance of Police K-9 Units within the community and creating a safer tomorrow.
The relationship between The Hometown Foundation and URI Police Department was created due to our annual Dream Ride Police K-9 Expo and Competition, which the URI PD attends. This Expo and Competition allows K-9 Units from all over the country to converge in one area to learn and share expertise while simultaneously earning 8 hours of required, certified training. We look forward to this continued relationship with the URI Police Department and wish them further success!