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LOPD K9s receive body armor; LOPD team will slurp oysters for charity; County needs election workers

PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE OSWEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT - K9s Chase and Szemi, accompanied by Officer Bryan McMahon and Officer Brandon Clausen, show off the bullet- and stab-protective vests they received from Vested Interest in K9s last week.

LOPD K9s receive body armor

The Lake Oswego Police Department's two K9 dogs, Chase and Szemi, have each received a bullet- and stab-protective vest, funded by a donation from the nonprofit group Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

The nonprofit has supplied more than 3,000 vests to K9 dogs — thanks to private and public donations, and at a cost of $5.7 million — since its inception in 2009.

Each vest, which is valued at between $1,744-$2,283, weighs about 4-5 pounds and comes with a five-year warranty. The LOPD vests are embroidered with the words "In memory off K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police."

Chase and Szemi are both relatively new recruits who joined the LOPD in late 2016 and early 2017, succeeding longtime LOPD K9 Charger after his retirement. Chase is handled by Officer Bryan McMahon, Szemi by Officer Erich Mayr.

K9 teams play a unique role with the LOPD. The dogs increase suspect apprehensions with their tracking ability and can defuse stressful situations just because of their presence; they also help in the search for missing persons. But they also play a key role in public education efforts and are often seen at local events and schools.

For more information about Vested Interest, visit www.vik9s.org.

LOPD team will slurp oysters for charity

Don't tell anyone, but the Lake Oswego Police Department will have a ringer on its team when first responders from across the metro area gather next weekend for a charity oyster-slurping contest.

Review Editor Gary M. Stein will join the LOPD's Darryl Wrisley, Johnna Richards and John Brent at the Ways & Means Oyster House (7331 S.W. Bridgeport Road) for the second-annual "Shuck It" event, which is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. They'll join teams from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the Beaverton Police Department to raise funds for Just Compassion, The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation and Beaverton Police Department's Shop with a Cop program.

The team that slurps down the most raw oysters in a limited amount of time will win a monetary prize — $3 for every oyster eaten — for the charity they choose.

The event, which will be emceed by KATU reporter Wesleigh Ogle, will include a brunch for participants and spectators after the winning team is crowned; $1 from every brunch dish sold until 3 p.m. will also benefit the winning team's charity.

County needs election workers

With the general election less than two months away, Clackamas County's Elections Division is looking to enlarge its pool of seasonal and temporary help. Most positions only work for 3-5 days.

Visit bit.ly/2odW9SD for more information and to apply for the jobs, which pay $12 an hour and include ballot inspectors, drop-site workers and election-night pick-up drivers and assistants.

— The Review

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