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Businesses raise money for new K-9

Wednesday, January 16, 20131384 views

A police K-9 costs, on average, $10,000, and takes up to six months to train. The purchase of these highly specialized dogs is such a significant investment that the West Jordan Police Department must plan for the expense at least a year in advance.

On Dec. 12, Daves Body Shop and Pendletons Towing presented the Rotary Club of West Jordan with a check for $4,000. This donation, along with contributions from Waste Management, provided WJPD with adequate funds to purchase a new K-9.

Were increasing our unit by one handler, Officer Tom Smith said. So instead of three dogs were going to have four. This gives us better coverage of the city. By having three we can only cover the city part of the time. With four our coverage ability increases.

Mike Searle, owner of Pendletons towing, has worked closely with WJPD for many years. His wife, Kathy, estimates that 95 percent of his business comes through the police department.

Ive been on the West Jordan rotation for 20 years, Searle said. I know how important these dogs are to the city.

When Searle learned that police dog Kuffs was being retired because of health issues, he wanted to do something to help the department with the replacement costs. In October, Searle and his wife partnered with Daves Body Shop owner Stan Ware to organize a K-9 fundraiser.

The event, hosted in the parking lot of Daves Body Shop, featured a classic car show, a raffle and a Dunk-a-Cop tank manned by Police Chief Doug Diamond.

Through Mikes efforts and our involvement, we raised $2,000 toward a new K-9, Ware said. As Daves Body Shop, we agreed to match that amount.

Following the event, Searles wife launched friendsofwjpdk9.com, a website dedicated to raising awareness and support for the West Jordan K-9 unit.

The Searles and Wares plan to turn the fundraiser into an annual event as they continue to support the West Jordan K-9 unit. They hope to host this years event in August rather than October.

We decided together that this would be a good thing to help our city, Searle said.

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