K9 Unit Update
The process for selecting a new K9 handler is underway. We have thoroughly researched kennels that handle Labrador retriever K9s. Our K9 program’s main focus is drug detection, but we will incorporate tracking with the new K9. The new K9 will be trained in both techniques prior to being sworn in as the departments new K9.
We have identified Little Rock K-9 Academy (http://www.lrk9.com/), located in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the kennel where we will purchase our new K9. Little Rock K9 Academy is a well respected kennel that has received high recognition for their K9 dogs and their training program. The cost of the Labrador retriever, the handler training (narcotics and tracking), and housing will be approximately $8,950. The new K9 and handler will begin their training in early May 2017.
Eric Lang and Mary Horing of M.E. & My Pets have graciously agreed to continue to cover the cost of food for the new K9. Dr. Mike Newell of the Animal Medical Center of Whitewater has also generously agreed to continue covering the annual medical care of the new K9. Representatives of both businesses will be serving on the interview board to select the new handler.
We have been working with the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) to complete a memorandum of understanding for the new handler. The Whitewater Police Department administration and representatives of the WPPA have enjoyed a long standing and professional working relationship. We will collectively seek to ensure the next handler will have defined service timelines associated with the position.
We truly appreciate the community’s continued support of the Whitewater K9 program. This program could not have been successfully implemented or sustained without the community’s ongoing support. Continue to follow the progress of the Whitewater K9 program on the City of Whitewater website, the Whitewater Police Department Facebook page or the Whitewater K9 Facebook page. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Whitewater Police Department with any questions about our K9 program.
K9 Unit Goal
Detection of Controlled Substances:
- during traffic stops, search warrants, and consent searches
- in schools/businesses for locker and vehicle searches
- other searches related to arrests
Searching for People:
- assist in the location of lost children or vulnerable adults
Teaching about the Negative Aspects of Drugs in our Community:
- visit schools, community groups, and churches
- better connect between the community and the police department
Help Support Our Fundraising Efforts!
The sustainability of our program will continue to rely on annual fundraisers and public contributions. We hope that you will continue to help support our annual expenses for training and equipment with your generous support through t-shirt sales, and other fundraising opportunities.
Please make checks payable to:
Whitewater Police Department
K-9 Unit Foundation
312 W Whitewater St.
Whitewater, WI 53190
For more information contact the Whitewater Police Department at 262-473-0555.
T-Shirts for Sale
Become a part of the Whitewater Police Department K9 Support Team. T-shirts are on sale at the police department lobby, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Minimum donation of $10 for size Youth Small, $15.00 for sizes S-XL, and $17 for size 2XL. For an order form, click here K9 Tshirt Order Form.
K9 Support Team t-shirts are also on sale GMA Printing, 136 W. Main St.
Support Services Records Technician's Cathy Swartz and Angela Sahr sport the K9 Support Team t-shirts.
We want to thank department personnel, community members and local business partners that have so generously given of their time and money to help us reach our goal.
4 Paw Sponsors - $1,000 or more
Skylark Vending - Stan Kass
Me and My Pets – Eric Lange and Mary Horning
Animal Medical Center of Whitewater – Dr. Mike Newell
GMA/When Pigs Fly
UW-Whitewater Residence Hall Association
Fairhaven Retirement Community
Rotary Club of Whitewater
National Pan-Hellenic Conference
LSP Whitewater, L.P. - Todd Kutz
Peter Underwood & Mary Jarosz – local Honey Cart “K9 Honey” sales
First Citizens State Bank Jim Caldwell
K-9 Hair Care - Lisa Berglin
Ken and Sue Kidd
2 Ear Sponsors - $100 or more
Badger State Hunting Retriever Club
Eric and Cathy Johnson
AlphaGenetics - Michael Sokolowski
Bruce & Ruby Schroeder
Cinemas of Whitewater - Becky Patterson
Culver's - Jon Laundrie
Dan and Colette Frodl
John & Pam Duerst
Ellen & David Reddy
H. Gaylon and Hannah Greenhill
HyPro Inc.- John Sawasky
Kevin and Nancy Brunner
Kiernan Consulting - Eric Kiernan & Nathan Pope
M. Joyce Sokolowski
Dan and Kimberlee McCrea
Dan and Tera Meyer
Olm & Associates - Mark Olm
Robert & Sharon McCullough
Simon Law Office - Mitchell Simon
Thomas Rowley, DDS SC
UW-Whitewater Inter-Fraternity Council
Ketterhagen Motors - Kurt Ketterhagen
Toppers World Headquarters - Scott Gittrich
Walworth County LE Support Services
Alpha Sigma Phi
Dental Perfections SC. - Cheryl Bresnahan D.D.S
The College Pub - Kirk Rasmussen
Sigma Tau Gamma
Jimmy John's John Kittleson
Kiwanis Breakfast Club
Richard & Nancy Piehl
Whitewater Veterinary Hospital
Larry and Karen Kachel
Wet Nose Sponsors -$10 - $100
LINCS Elementary School
The Zaballos Family
John and Shirley Hapka
John and Eunice Rowe
Studio 84 - Deborah Blackell and Katherine Fincutter
Susan and David Halbach
Dalee Water - Dave Kertscher
James and Carol Miller
Reflections of the Past & Touched by a Paw - Janna Burhop
William and Mavis Salske
Lambda Alpha Upsilon
Bruce and Shirley Lyon
Fero's Auto Repair - Dennis Fero
James and Kathleen Schumacher
Randy's Fun Hunters Brewery - Randy Cruse
Steven and Julie Letellier
Violet De Wind
David and Julie Haberman
Lambda Theta Phi