Begun in 1979 with one handler and one police service dog, the K9 Unit is highly specialized and offers city-wide coverage of approximately 100 square miles to officers involved in high-risk situations including building searches, suspect apprehension, and missing persons. Consisting of three K9 teams, the K9 Unit stands at the ready to support operations when called.
The Arlington Police Foundation has supported the K9 Unit financially for many years through the generosity of its donors. Donor support through the foundation allowed the police department to replace K9 dog “Vic” after his unexpected death to cancer.
Trauma Kits for Every Patrol Officer
In the summer of 2013, Officer Charles Lodatto was shot while executing a fugitive warrant. He survived only because of the quick response of his fellow officers to stop the bleeding to a major artery. As a result of this incident, the Foundation is providing the department trauma kits for every active patrol officer.
These personal kits, Trauma Plate Packs, are essential pocket gunshot survival packs specifically designed to fit inside a standard uniform shirt pocket without being obstructive to routine patrol operations. Small in size (3”x5”), these lifesaving packs contain medical supplies needed to treat any penetrating trauma injury such as an arterial gunshot or stab wound. More than 2/3 of all preventable police officer deaths is due to hemorrhaging (the officer bleeds to death).
Motorcycle Light Arrays
Funds from the Foundation were used to enhance the lighting (light arrays) on police motorcycles. This additional lighting increases the visibility of the motorcycle during emergency operation to traffic violators and other vehicles in the area.
Motor officers recognized that their police motorcycles were not as visible to oncoming traffic as they could be. The red and blue LED lights were camouflaged by surrounding vehicles’ headlights as well as by the motorcycle’s own headlamp. The existing LED lights are in close proximity to the headlamp.
The additional lighting is placed 15 inches above the existing emergency lights and is mounted on the dashboard of the motorcycle. After acquiring light arrays, officers noticed a huge difference in the way vehicles responded to them when their lights were activated. It was obvious that drivers noticed the motorcycle more quickly.