Friends of Richmond K-9
Eagle Scout volunteerEagle Scout James Blevins raising funds for the K-9 obstacle course. via Friends of Richmond K-9
The K-9 unit of the Richmond Police department is used to lending a helping paws, but they are benefiting from the helping hands of some volunteer members of the boy scouts. The Friends of Richmond K-9 Facebook page reported that the volunteer scouts have already completed prep work and will begin construction on the K-9 training obstacle course on July 8.
WWBT reports that the obstacle course was taped off with crime scene tape to prevent officers and K-9s from using it for training, as it could be dangerous in it's present state. The chief concern was that the K-9s could get splinters going through the course; a danger to their health and ability to work. As a result of the disrepair of the obstacle course, the Friends of Richmond K-9 asked the community for assistance.
Almost 100 eagle scouts will be taking on the task of building a completely new obstacle course for the four-legged crime fighters to train on. Boy Scouts of America Field Director Jason Smith told WWBT that the response from the scouts was "overwhelming." All of the projects were assigned in less than a week, leading to the expansion of the project. At present the scouts will be building fifteen different components on the training course.