Several months ago, two Shelton police officers approached Police Chief Darrin Moody with a proposal to restart a K9 program at the Shelton Police Department. The PD previously had a limited purpose K9 Unit consisting of one dog, specialized in locating narcotics. The PD still has most of the vehicle equipment used to transport a police K9, however, the costs associated with training a new K9 are significant. While the PD would benefit from utilizing a K9 Unit, limitations with the City’s budget required the officer’s proposal be put on hold.
A few weeks ago, department leadership revisited the proposal to restart the K9 program. Chief Moody met with Shelton officers and police union representatives to determine a path forward with funding the program. It was determined that if the PD is to add a new police K9 unit to the department, the program needs to be privately funded through donations, without the use of City funds. The police officer’s union has agreed to establish a K9 foundation to be the recipient of program donations as a 501(c)(3).
A number of community members have approached the Police Department to provide fundraising efforts for the new K9 program. Community volunteers have partnered to organize a fundraising campaign, including selling custom wrist bands and hosting a sign painting event at the Shelton Civic Center on Saturday, December 15th.
Shelton Officers and community volunteers are working to fund the startup and training costs for two police K9 units. The average cost to start each unit is approximately $20,000.
New Shelton PD K9 units will be multipurpose patrol dogs, specialized in a variety of functions, including narcotics detection, tracking, building and area searches, and officer protection.
Contact Officer Hector Diaz or Officer Trent Porter at (360) 432-5145 for additional information on the new Shelton PD K9 program.
Register for the upcoming fundraising event at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3902538