Marc and Nicole Padgett, who are the leadership of Summit Contracting Group, donated funds to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit this year. Their generous gift covered the costs of securing a new police service dog and preparing kennels for several canines.
“Supporting the K-9 Unit means a lot to us, and we will continue to help any way we can. This was the perfect way for us give back – we got to support our city’s first responders with a dog!”
The Padgetts were given the honor of naming the newest member of the Canine team, who we affectionately refer to as “Bane.” Police Service Dog “Bane” is a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix and trained in narcotics detection and patrol. He will turn three years old this coming January.
Members of the JSO Canine Unit recently visited Summit’s office to present the Padgetts with a plaque expressing appreciation for their ongoing support of JSO’s mission.
Basic training for a police dog can take 6-12 months to complete the K-9 Unit training. Both the dog and the handler/partner must go through extensive training to learn care, safety, control, as well as special tasks like drug detection.
A Police Service Dog requires special accommodations at home with his caregiver and partner. The Padgett’s donation helped build kennels at officer’s homes.
Learn how you can contribute to public safety on the JSO website: https://www.jaxsheriff.org/Your-Sheriff-s-Office/citizen-involvement.aspx