K-9 Chief Memorial Shirt

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of K-9 Chief.


K-9 Chief, a black Labrador, was born in 2010 in Southern Pines, North Carolina and came to work for the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) in 2012 via a joint partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL). K-9 Chief was one of four dogs that UMPD acquired from K2 Solutions, Inc. in North Carolina. While at K2 Solutions, K-9 Chief along with his two K-9 “sisters”, Bracken and Pink, and “brother” Jimbo, received training in the area of traditional explosives detection. In addition to this training, K-9 Chief was also trained to be a Person Borne Explosives Detection Dog (PBEDD).

This additional high level of training allowed K-9 Chief and his four legged crew to detect explosive threats that could be worn and concealed by an individual. This training allowed UMPD to enhance its protection of the University community and the general public at large against the ever present threat of terrorism in the world. K-9 Chief was among the first PBEDDs to be trained at K2 Solutions, and one of the first to work for a campus police department. Upon the completion of his training K-9 Chief was first assigned to K-9 handler, MPO Michael Balagtas. After three years he was then assigned to his current handler, Cpl. Jason Ottey.

K-9 Chief’s most important accomplishments came while protecting the many thousands of fans during seven seasons of University of Maryland Football and Basketball games. In addition to working special events, K-9 Chief, along with his K-9 handler Cpl. Ottey patrolled the University of Maryland campus on a daily basis, keeping the University community safe. When he was off duty, K-9 Chief loved to spend time with Cpl. Ottey, his wife, and their family dog Cooper.

In 2018, K-9 Chief was diagnosed with cancer but he didn’t let that stop him as he continued to work while undergoing treatment. To K-9 Chief, work time was fun time and all that he wanted to do was have fun. Unfortunately, despite a good fight, K-9 Chief lost his battle with cancer on December 6, 2019.

K-9 Chief’s seven years of service to the University of Maryland community will never be forgotten. He is the first K9 to pass away in the line of duty for the University of Maryland Police Department. We thank him for his service and our thoughts are with Cpl. Ottey and his family during this time.

“K-9 Chief was a member of the UMPD and the University of Maryland family. He made a lasting impact on his K-9 sisters and brothers, serving and protecting his community up until his final day. He was a hardworking, dedicated, loyal and a trustworthy companion to Corporal Jason Ottey and will be missed by all.” – Chief David B. Mitchell

All proceeds will be donated to the Chesapeake K-9 Fund  in Maryland at the request of Sgt Matthew Suthard and members of the K-9 Unit.

  • Black
  • 100% cotton
  • Soft feel
  • Unisex adult sizing
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