Macomb Police Department fundraising to add K-9 to staff

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Officers with the Macomb Police Department said they’re seeing an uptick in illegal narcotics on the streets.

That’s why they’re looking to add another staff member to stop it.

The Macomb Police Department has been without a K-9 for a year now after one K-9 died and one retired. They said the vacancy creates challenges on the streets, which is why they’re asking the public to help fund the K-9.

Officer Nick Severs said the vacancy makes it challenging to do routine traffic stops when they suspect drugs in vehicles. He said having a K-9 will also allow them to track missing persons, weapons and perform school searches.

“Whether it’s making arrests, whether it’s locating missing juveniles, or elderly people who wonder away, who maybe suffer from dementia, whether it’s tracking subjects who need arrested, who’s committed an offense, they know they’ve assisted with getting that dog on the street and making that apprehension or location of a missing person,” Severs said.

The police department is sending out letters asking residents to donate. Those residents will receive a sticker in the mail, if they do.

They need to raise 20,000 dollars to cover the expense of the dog, training and equipment.

Severs said they hope to get the K-9 in July.

For more information on how to donate, you can go to the Macomb Police K-9 Program’s Facebook page.

 

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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