|In March 2017, Bill Creasy, a professional service dog trainer and citizen of the City of Kingsport, donated Charlee, a purebred English Labrador Retriever of exceptional pedigree, to the Kingsport Police Department K-9 Unit. Charlee was only two years old at the time; however, he was soon partnered with veteran K-9 handler, Sergeant Kevin Hite.
Over the past year, Sgt. Hite and K-9 Charlee have trained extensively and certified as a team in explosives detection with the Police Canine Association of America (PCAA) and the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA). They are now serving together in the field as part of the K.P.D. Strategic Operations Unit.
On March 20, 2018, at a meeting of the City of Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen, as an expression of sincere gratitude, the Kingsport Police Department publicly thanked Mr. Creasy for his generous support of the K.P.D. K-9 Unit. Sgt. Hite and Charlee were also recognized for all of their hard work and accomplishments.
This is just yet another example of how the Kingsport Police Department and individual members of the community we serve and protect can partner toward the common goal of maintaining the City of Kingsport as the safe place that it is to live, work, and raise a family.