Nekoosa Police Department works toward K-9 presence
By Kris Leonhardt
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Nekoosa Police Department is currently working toward the introduction of a K-9 unit in the city.
Police Chief Shawn Woods said that the need is great, due to the rise in drug activity in the city.
“The influx of hard drugs, such as meth and heroin, have given us a new awareness of just how much is ‘out there,’” he said. “In 2016, I dedicated an officer to a detective position to specifically focus on major case investigation and drug enforcement. Our drug offenses increased almost 450 percent from 2015 to 2016, then increased again in 2017. A K-9 will enhance our enforcement as well as serve as a great public relations tool.”
To establish a K-9 unit, the department initiated fundraising with a goal of $92,000, which Chief Woods said would cover a vehicle outfitted for a K-9 unit, as well as the equipment required.
The program will be completely funded by donations, grants, and fundraising.
“We have applied for some grants and are doing our own fundraising,” Woods explained. “We created an informational flyer with a donation page. We are selling t-shirts and conducting a raffle. Several businesses have also sponsored events for us to fundraise, as well. These include Piggly Wiggly, Cruisin’ Café, and Nekoosa McDonalds. Sand Valley Golf Resort has also committed their support.”
The department is currently at 60 percent of their goal, since its August fundraising launch.
“We are overwhelmed by the community support for this project,” Woods said.
For more information or to donate, visit www.facebook.com/nekoosapolice or call 715-886-7891.