The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office is happy to announce that they have received a grant from Southeast Iowa Donor, Inc. in the amount of $20,780 to add a K9 to the department.
This is something that has been in the works for some time now and they are happy to have funding for the K9 in place. The grant will cover costs associated with the K9, training for the deputy, outfitting the vehicle, vet bills and food for first year. Ongoing expenses will continue to come from private donations. This will be 100% funded through donations and with zero tax money.
Statistics have indicated the need and benefit for a department to utilize a K9 Unit to help reduce crime. There are numerous documented studies that show the dramatic positive impact a K9 Unit adds to a department. In terms of drug detection, numerous studies have shown that trained canines are generally ten times better than any instrument. In search and rescue a K9 can cover an area equivalent to ten deputies.
The Office feels this will be a positive addition to the department and for the community.
There will be a check presentation at the Wapello County Law Enforcement 2nd Floor in the Training Room at 10:30am on February 26th.