Last Thursday, April 9, the Searcy County K-9 project received a huge boost after receiving a $5,000 contribution from Searcy County resident Marsha Trammell, founder of the Thin Blue Line Project.
Cassell said the funds would be used for training and supplies for the department's new K-9, Vadar. Vadar, who is currently awaiting final training and certification, is a Belgium Malinois. After he receives his certification, he will be partnered with Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger.
Cassell added his department is in the process of purchasing an additional K-9. He said the average cost for a K-9 officer is between $7,500-$12,000.
Trammell explained she began the Thin Blue Line Project after winning the Pure International Ms. pageant. She said, "This is my project for the year of my reign as Pure International Ms. My project will focus on police and deputy awareness. My goal is to let the public see that these men and women are the best and most sincere people you can find."
Trammell added the project is designed to help low-budget law enforcement offices by providing funding they need for equipment that they otherwise would not be able to purchase.
"Most people are unaware that a lot of police and sheriff's departments are not always given the necessary equipment they need to perform their jobs. That's where the Thin Blue Line Project steps in. We work together with the community of the selected department to raise funds. The funds raised have been a collaborative effect of the community," Trammell added.
Cassell said, "This office appreciates Marsha Trammell and the Thin Blue Line Project for their financial and moral support. Searcy County is very fortunate to have someone like Marsha who is a real champion of law enforcement and our community. We will use these funds to strengthen our department and our efforts in protecting the citizens of Searcy County."
Trammell is the wife of Searcy County Deputy Sgt. Kevin Trammell. Anyone wishing information concerning the Thin Blue Line Project is encouraged to call 501-757-2052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check them out on Facebook, Thin Blue Line Project.
Present at the check presentation ceremony was Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, Thin Blue Line Project founder Marsha Trammell and Searcy County Chief Deputy, Dewayne Pierce.