In March of 2017, Bill Creasy, a professional service dog trainer, donated Charlee to the Kingsport Police Department K-9 Unit. Charlee, 2 years old at the time, was partnered with veteran KPD handler Sgt. Kevin Hite.
According to a KPD press release, Sgt. Hite and K-9 Charlee have trained extensively over the past year. They are now certified as a team in explosives detection by the Police Canine Association of America and the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association and are currently serving in the KPD Strategic Operations Unit.
During Tuesday’s meeting of the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the KPD publicly thanked Creasy for his donation and support to the department.
“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,” states the release.