NEW CANAAN, CONN. – The New Canaan Police Department is using a Gofundme campaign to raise $100,000 for its K-9 program, which is, it says, run solely on donations from the community.
Officer David Rivera, the department’s K-9 handler, said that about $47,000 has been raised so far in the campaign.
The money raised will go toward a new K-9, a Labrador retriever or a German shepherd, which will be trained in narcotics detection.
Donations, Rivera said, are also used for training and equipment for the K-9 program. They are urgently needed, he added, because there is a training course becoming available soon.
Rivera said that he, and K-9 Apollo, have been on the beat since last summer and have made numerous narcotics arrests.
They have also, he said, assisted in searching for missing children and adults.
The K-9 unit also provides aid to neighboring towns and cities, such as Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich, Rivera said.
Having a second K-9 will help the police department make the community safer, he added.
Folks who donate $50 or more will receive a NCPD Proud Supporter K-9 Program bumper sticker.
The individual who donates the most will receive a private K-9 demo with several K-9 teams in the area.
Donations are tax deductible, Rivera said.
The Gofundme page can be accessed by clicking here.
Donations can also be mailed to the New Canaan Police Department, Attn: Officer David Rivera, 174 South Avenue, New Canaan, Conn., 06840.
Rivera is asking donors to make the checks payable to: New Canaan Police Dept K-9 Fund.
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