Sgt. Brian Tilgman, and his Canine Partner, Raiden, serve as the K-9 Unit for Pocahontas Police Department. Sgt. Tilghman is a Certified Canine Handler, and has been Officer Raiden’s handler since 2016.
Raiden is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and assistance for patrol units, as needed. Sgt. Tilghman is responsible for the care and training of Officer Raiden, and both are “on call 24/7” for the PD.
Sgt. Tilghman and K-9 Officer Raiden enjoy community interaction, so if you would like to have the K-9 Unit visit your school, organization, or to attend your community event, please call the Pocahontas Police Department at 870-892-9867 to schedule your request with Sgt. Tilghman.
K-9 Officer Raiden Receives Body Armor
Pocahontas Police Department K-9 Raiden received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. A donation in the amount of $65,825 was presented to the charity from the “Help Officer Hickey Vest K9s” online fundraiser. The funds were raised through nationwide donations in efforts to help retired Officer Matt Hickey of Marietta, OH. keep his partner, Ajax upon retirement. Officer Hickey was able to purchase Ajax for the sum of $1 and the balance was donated to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Vested Interest in K9s,Inc. will be providing 62 law enforcement dogs with vests thanks to the generous donation.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at HYPERLINK “http://www.vik9s.org/” www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Sgt. Tilghman and K9 Raiden are very thankful for being accepted as a recipient for the K-9 vest. They would also like to say thank you to the DARE/Public Relations Officer Luke Lane for applying for this grant. K-9 Raiden is a great asset to the city of Pocahontas.