K9 Unit


The goals of the K9 Unit are as follows:

  • 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:
    • Better connect between the community and the police department
    • Visit schools, community groups, and churches
K9 Unit Page

Whitewater Police Department Remembers K9 Officer Ruso

With heavy hearts, the Whitewater Police Department is saddened to announce the passing of current K9 officer, Ruso.

Ruso recently developed a kidney issue and underwent a very common surgery earlier in the week. After further monitoring, it was discovered his kidneys were still not performing as expected. Sadly, Ruso took a turn for the worse Thursday afternoon and passed away Friday morning.

Ruso was officially sworn in to the Whitewater Police Department June 6th, 2017 at a common council meeting. He was a high energy, 3-year-old Labrador retriever from Mexico. Ruso graduated from Little Rock K9 Academy after months of training. The well-respected kennel has received high recognition for their K9 dogs and training program.

Yellow Labrador Retriever

Ruso's Handler

He worked and lived with his handler, Officer Justin Stuppy who began his career as a Whitewater Community Service Officer in April 15, 2013. On March 9, 2015, Stuppy was promoted to patrol officer and is currently serving on the night shift.

Stuppy is a 2017 UW-Whitewater graduate with a major in Letters and Sciences with a focus on criminal justice. He currently resides in Whitewater. He is a member of the Crime Prevention Team, assists training new Community Service Officers and with the Whitewater Volunteer Cadet Program, and was the past president of the UW-Whitewater campus student organization Law Enforcement Organization LEO.

Funding for Ruso's Care

The K9 program is a "By the Community, for the Community" initiative. Along with Eric Lang and Mary Horing of M.E. and My Pets covering the cost of food for Ruso and Dr. Mike Newell of the Animal Medical Center of Whitewater covering the annual medical care, fundraisers and donations helped cover the cost of maintaining the K9 Unit needs. A special thank you is extended to the UW Veterinary Care in Madison for assisting in Ruso’s care this past week.