Northland foundation seeking donations to keep K-9's part of police force

By KBJR News 1

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- A group was recently started within the Northland law enforcement community to raise funds to cover the expenses of the police k-9 program.

The Amsoil Northland K-9 Foundation was launched to cover the costs of the ten active k-9's in the Duluth Police Department, Superior Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the St Louis County Sheriff's Department.

A new K-9 can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 and training can cost several thousand dollars more, not to mention veterinary care and gear for both the officer and the dog....it all adds up.

Deputy Chief Nicholas Alexander with the Superior Police Department says all donations are for a good cause, as the dogs are a crucial part of the force.

"Their a non human companion that aid in ways a human can't. I mean, their senses are obviously more particular. They aid in drug detection. So they work on traffic stops and search warrants so they drugs. They can help us locate someone that fled from us so tracking of a person . In many cases they can help apprehend a violent person that can prevent an officer from having to go hands on and being injured," said Deputy Chief Nicholas Alexander.

Blek, the current K9 on the Superior force will be retiring in March.

Officer Nick Eastman, an eight year veteran with the Superior Police Department, will take over as the new K9 officer and a new dog will be brought in as well.

If you wish to donate to the Northland K-9 Foundation, you can do so atAmsoil Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati