On March 23rd of this year, Prevention Concepts and Solutions, along with our state senator Peter Lucido, presented Police Officer/K-9 Handler Rich Hein’s with a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan for his dedication of over 29 years of law enforcement to our community. On March 24th the following day, Rich went into the hospital with an infection in his foot. Unfortunately Rich never made it home. He was induced into a coma, and died the following month. The K-9 world lost a great man, a mentor, a friend, a Police Officer, a partner, a teacher, and a legend.
We are honored to have the opportunity to team up with the very same club “Skooby Do’s and Don’ts K-9” where Rich was involved, and where he trained and mentored other trainers. We are raising, training, and will be donating “K-9 Rich” in honor of Rich Hein’s in the hopes that his name is never forgotten, and that his legacy will carry on for years to come.
Below you can read the Special Tribute, and watch Rich be presented with the tribute
Officer Rich Hein’s Special Tribute reads:
Officer Rich Heins has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. As a nationally accredited K-9 trainer and handler, Officer Heins has dedicated his life and career to excellence. Heins is a veteran of the Sterling Heights Police Department, who has been protecting and serving the Sterling Heights community for nearly 30 years. Heins became a k-9 Handler in 1996 and a K-9 Trainer for the Department in 1998;
Throughout his career, Heins, and his K-9 partners, K9’s Rolf, Morgan and Chase, have been responsible for keeping our communities safe from drugs and crime; today, he continues to be the gold standard in k-9 policing.
Indeed, Heins has become an inspirational leader in the k-9 and law enforcement worlds; his experience, talent, and loyalty are makes him great police, but it his strength of character that makes him an even greater man.
Rich’s leadership qualities have been recognized both locally and nationally; he served as the Sterling Heights Police Officers Association President from 1996-2018; he served as Vice President-Central Region, United States Police Canine Assoc. National, for 4 years; he was a K9 trainer at Oakland Community College from 1998-2003 and Macomb Community College from 2003-2010.
Rich is currently a member and Region 19 Vice President of The United States Police Canine Association, a United States Police Canine Assoc. Regional Judge, a United States Police Canine Assoc. Nationally Certified Trainer, and he works as a K-9 Master Trainer at Skooby Do’s and Don’ts K9 Training -Police K9 Division.
Rich is set to retire in March, 2019, but his legacy, within the Sterling Heights Police Department and within the world of K-9 policing, will be felt for generations.
A Hero Remembered Never Dies!