The Door County Sheriff’s Dept. has started a campaign to raise funds for a police dog.
Sheriff Steve Delarwelle explained to the Door County of Board of Supervisors on Feb. 24 that in a recent drug bust that involved the arrest of more than two dozen people, the department had to borrow two police dogs from the Wisconsin State Patrol and another from the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Dept., which just added a police dog to its force last year. “We can only use them when they are available,” he said.
Delarwelle explained that the department has set up a Door County Crime Prevention Foundation modeled after a successful fundraising program in Brown County. They have set up the 501(c)(3) nonprofit so people can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation. Delarwelle said the first mission of the foundation will be to raise the $25,000 necessary to purchase and train a police dog. He added that Leadership Door County has taken on the police dog fundraising effort, and will help solicit donations for the fund.
“I truly believe this county will come through and we will get that,” the sheriff told the county supervisors. “In the future, I’m hoping, maybe a couple years down the road, we may get two canine units. I’m shooting for one right now and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Supervisor Jon Koch, a former member of the sheriff’s department, pointed out that the department once had three police dogs, and Delarwelle said he started with the department in 1991 and the dogs weren’t around then, so it has been a long while since dogs have been on the Door County force.
Delarwelle said once the money is raised for a K-9 officer, the foundation will be able to fund other crime-fighting efforts in the county.
“The feedback we’ve gotten for this is really positive,” Delarwelle said. “People are waiting in the wings to give us money.”
The foundation will be administered by the Door County Community Foundation and a website should be online this week.