The Conservative Republican Women of Northeast Georgia has purchased a $1,111 ballistic vest for Statham Police Department’s K9 Nora.
Officer Nora, a Belgian Malinois who is turning two this month, is trained and certified in narcotics detection and tracking. She also can locate missing people or suspects. Nora is not a bite or apprehension dog.
She assists not only SPD with cases, but surrounding agencies in the region as well.
Nora has made 18 arrests so far. She recently received an award from the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office for locating a kilo of methamphetamines.
Officer Nora, her handler Sergeant AJ Russo and Captain Jane Nichols were featured guests at the CRW’s March 2 meeting. There, the organization also presented Nora with a box of dog treats.
“I saw a picture with Sergeant Russo . . . and I looked at Nora and she had no protection,” the CRW’s Jean Short said. “It just stabbed my heart. It got me right here in my heart.”
“The Holy Spirit just said that dog has to have a ballistic vest,” she added.
“Everybody loves a good dog story and this was a wonderful one. This beautiful animal was brought all the way from Holland, so she's a long way from home, and she is serving everybody and winning all these awards.”
Nora’s vest will be made of Kevlar with 360-degree coverage. The order and measurements have been made and the vest should be ready in the next three weeks.
“We were just overwhelmed and we so much appreciate what y'all are doing here and what you do for us,” Nichols said to the organization. “It makes a big difference.”
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