March 2017

March 10, 2017

ROANOKE POLICE JOIN "SOAR" DUI TASK FORCE

Roanoke, Va.- We are proud to be a part of SOAR, which stands for Sober On All Roadways. It's part of a formalized DUI task force in which Officers Benton and Berrman are participating. Remember that if you drink and get behind the wheel in the Roanoke Valley you're now all the more likely to get pulled over. Call a cab. Uber it. Call a friend. Designate a driver [and a designated driver is not the one whose "only had a few beers"]. There's also have Big Lick Boomerang, a new small business that will not only drive you home, but it also has a driver that'll drive your car home with you. Whatever method you choose, have a plan to get home safely.

March 30, 2017

DONATION EQUIPS ALL OF THE ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S PATROL DOGS WITH BALLISTIC VESTS

Roanoke, Va.-  A pair of donations totaling $10,615 have equipped all the Roanoke Police Department’s patrol dogs with ballistic vests and leashes.

Spikes K9 Fund donated two K9 Storm ballistic vests, one for K9 Ricther and one for K9 Bassie.  The organization also donated a tracking vest to K9 Gunner, the department’s explosive detection dog.

Professional fitness athlete Ashley Horner did 300 miles on a rowing machine to raise money to buy K9 Loki and K9 Kratos their ballistic vests.

The Roanoke Police Department would like to thank both Spikes K9 Fund and Mrs. Horner for their generous donations.

“These dogs are officers and our family,” explained Roanoke Chief of Police Tim Jones.  “At times they are sent into some very dangerous situations, and since they are family, we welcome these tools that will help keep them safe.”

The vests are lightweight and designed to be worn during the dog’s entire shift. 

Spikes K9 Fund was founded by a veteran, James Hatch and named in honor of Spike, a K9 that was critically wounded saving Hatch’s life during his final deployment.