Oklahoma Highway Patrol receives donation for K-9 Purchase

OKHP Canine donation

On Thursday, officials from Express Employment Professionals presented a check to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, allowing for the purchase of a new K-9 officer.  The ceremony took place at OHP’s Robert R. Lester Training Center in Oklahoma City.  Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Thompson accepted the check from Express representatives Bob Funk, Founder, CEO and Chairman; Bill Stoller, Founder, President and Vice Chairman; and Cathy Keating, Philanthropic Chairperson.  “This past year Express Employment Professionals employed a record 510,000 people, with a long-term goal of putting a million people to work annually.  We are pleased to add the employment of a K-9 with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to those numbers – that’s a new one for us,” said Bob Funk, CEO, Founder and Chairman, Express Employment Professionals.  Thompson said, “I would like to thank Mr. Bob Funk and former First Lady Cathy Keating for their strong interest and steadfast support of public safety.  This generous gift to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will enable State Troopers to better serve the people of Oklahoma for years to come.  “This explosive detection dog will replace OHP’s oldest active K-9 officer, who will be retired at age 11.  Training should be complete and the new K-9 should be in service by late fall or early winter.  The OHP currently has four explosive detection dogs.  “These explosive detection dogs ensure safety across the state in our schools, stadiums, arenas and other venues,” Keating said.  “It is vital that we at Express Employment Professionals provide the funds for this K-9 as a show of support for our law enforcement.”