DeKALB – The city’s newest police dog and his handler received some new equipment with the help of a grant from the Rotary Club of DeKalb, according to a news release.
Kota, a 2-year-old, 65-pound black and brindle Dutch Shepherd, has been fitted with a new ballistic vest to protect him from gunfire while on duty.
His full-time partner and handler is officer Philip “Ryan” Nicholson. When off duty, Kota lives with Nicholson and his family.
“Thanks to the donation provided by the Rotary Club of DeKalb, Kota will have the same ballistic protection as all of our officers,” DeKalb Police Cmdr. Steve Lekkas said in a news release. “Kota is a valuable member of the DeKalb Police Department and his safety is a priority. We appreciate the partnership we have with the Rotary Club of DeKalb and thank them for all that they do for this community.”
The cost of the purchase of the protective gear was split between the Rotary Club of DeKalb and a 50% matching grant from Rotary District 6420.
“We are extremely grateful to Rotary District 6420 for supporting this endeavor and to all the local people who raised the other half of the funds,” Brian Corr, president of the DeKalb Rotary Club, said in the release.
Kota was born in Poland, trained in the Netherlands and later bought by the city from a kennel in Indiana. He is trained in tracking, article and narcotics searches and handler protection.
The Rotary Club of DeKalb was founded in 1921 and is the first Rotary club in the area. If you are interested in joining the club and making a difference in the community, contact Corr at DeKalbRotaryBrian@gmail.com.