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Posted on: June 20, 2017

Police Department to implement a K-9 Program again.

At their study session prior to the June 19, 2017 city council meeting, the Oskaloosa City Council approved allowing the Oskaloosa Police Department to begin a fundraising campaign to implement the department’s third multi-purpose police canine. Previously, K-9 Quest began his service with the department in 1996 retiring in 2003 and K-9 Nash began his service with the department in 2003 retiring in 2012.  After the retirement of canine Nash in 2012 the department has been without a police canine. 

Police Chief Jake McGee states it is the department’s mission to continuously research and implement proactive programs which prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for everyone in and around the Oskaloosa community.  “I have a great appreciation for a canine’s team ability to detect drugs, locate missing and endangered persons, as well as, cutting down the human resources and time spent doing so.” McGee said.  A police K-9 is the ultimate ambassador for the police department. They are the star of the show at any gathering which they attend, and form an outstanding bridge to the department with our community.

Officer Austin Rogers has been selected to be the assigned canine handler.  Officer Rogers did an extraordinary amount of research on this project and has proven its effectiveness in and around our community.  

In the proposal McGee stated the canine would be a “multi-purpose dog” meaning it would be used for drug detection, building searches, protection, searching for missing and endangered persons, and suspects, as well as article searching. The department expects to have the canine purchased and the training received by the summer of 2018.  McGee stated the initial startup costs will be approximately $45,000. This amount would cover the canine, obtaining the required training and certification, care and equipment and specifically outfitting a canine vehicle. The annual maintenance costs thereafter will be approximately $6,000.  Plans for the department’s fundraising efforts will be finalized within the next couple of weeks.  McGee stated that besides fundraising the department is seeking out grant opportunities and partnerships to help with reaching the $45,000 goal to implement this program.

Anyone with questions regarding the police canine program or groups that would like a presentation on this program can contact Chief Jake McGee at 641-672-2559.  Further information will be forthcoming on the city’s website at www.oskaloosaiowa.org and on the Oskaloosa Police Department Facebook page.  If you wish to help, you can donate by sending your tax deductible donations to the Oskaloosa City Clerk’s Office, 220 South Market Street, Oskaloosa Iowa 52577.

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