“Cottonwood Police K-9 to Retire; Agency asks for Public’s Assistance to Purchase new Dog.”
After 7 years of service and dedication to the safety and protection of the citizens and officers of Cottonwood, the Police Departments K9 “Jax” is preparing to retire soon after the first of the New Year.    Having police dogs is important not only from the standpoint of keeping our city safe, but it also helps connect the police department to the community.
Jax and his handler, Ofc. Cory Shilling, have assisted in the war on drugs for the entire Yavapai County, participating in drug interdiction details on major highways within Yavapai County.  Trained in suspect apprehension, Jax, has participated in major crimes where his use has potentially saved officer and civilian lives, doing what he is trained to do.  Jax has also been utilized to conduct narcotics sweeps at schools upon request.
“Throughout my career, I have known police canines that have saved countless lives and aided officers in safely apprehending very dangerous individuals. Truly and invaluable resource” – Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell.
Jax also visits dozens of programs each year – visits vary from students and community organizations to K9 demonstrations.   It’s not unusual to get several requests each year for the K9 to come to programs to introduce him in the communities within the Verde Valley.
“Jax makes as many appearances as he can to show people that police dogs aren’t vicious animals,” said cottonwood police officer and Jax’s handler, Cory Shilling.
Over the next few months, Law Enforcement Heroes’ a 501c3 non-profit organization formed in Cottonwood 5 years ago is looking to raise funds to help off set the cost of a new K9 for the Cottonwood Police Department. More information will be forth coming on events, and fundraisers to help in these efforts.  Your donation to Law Enforcement Heroes is a tax deduction for the year.  If you would like to donate to help in the fundraising efforts for the K9 you can visit www.lawenforcementheroes.com or mail your tax-free donation to: Law Enforcement Heroes/K9, PO Box 1749, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.  If you have questions about the K-9 unit, you can contact Cottonwood Police Sergeant Kevin Murie, at the Cottonwood Police Department (928) 340.2119.

 Your contribution is much appreciated and will certainly help with an invaluable tool in this community.

Law Enforcement Heroes
James Iacovacci

Law Enforcement Heroes