Canine program possible with help from community

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Kenai Police Department wishes to thank Chevron USA for its sponsorship of the newly formed Canine Unit at the police department. The growth of the city of Kenai has brought about an increase in the volume of calls that canine units are especially suited to handle. The main function of the police canine include tracking suspects and lost persons, evidence recovery, building searches, narcotics interdiction, fights-disturbance response, officer assistance and public relations.

The initial program costs for purchase of the canine, handler training and equipment are considerable. The department has received strong community support for all food and veterinarian services associated with canine care. Chevron USA is our lead sponsor for purchase of the canine and the associated handler training costs.

Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit 501(3) corporation, has agreed to manage the Kenai Police Canine. This partnership allows private businesses and persons to donate to the Kenai Police Canine program on a tax-deductible basis.

The Kenai Police Department wishes to thank Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers, and all of the Canine Unit program donors who are making this program possible. They include Chevron USA, Kenai Lions Club, Kenai Veterinarian Hospital, IGA/Country Foods, Safeway Stores Inc., Kenai Kennel Club and Anchorage Police Department.

Chuck M. Kopp

Chief of police

Kenai Police Department

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