We are pleased to announce that the Fraternal Order of Police has officially declared its support for H.3247, commonly known as “Fargo’s and Hyco’s Law.” This significant legislation aims to elevate penalties for individuals convicted of teasing, maltreating, or injuring police dogs.
K-9 Rico and his handler, SLED Special Agent Richard Hunton
In a letter addressed to Representative Newton, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, President John C. Blackmon expressed our collective endorsement of H.3247. The bill seeks to honor the memory of K9 Rico, a brave officer who recently lost his life in the line of duty during a 26-hour manhunt for a violent criminal in Charleston County.
The attached letter outlines our fervent support for this crucial legislation and emphasizes the importance of reinforcing the legal framework that protects our K9 partners, who play an integral role in ensuring the safety of our communities.
We extend our gratitude to Representative Newton for his leadership on this vital issue and for championing the rights and well-being of law enforcement officers, including our esteemed K9 colleagues.
As we move forward, the Fraternal Order of Police remains committed to actively advocating for the passage of H.3247. We invite our members and the community at large to join us in supporting this legislation, which stands as a testament to our dedication to the safety and protection of those who serve and protect.
Stay tuned for updates on our advocacy efforts, and let us unite in ensuring the passage of “Fargo’s and Hyco’s Law.”